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The Pickup Place / Re: Neck Humbucker trick for removing mud/boom
« on: March 13, 2018, 08:01:15 pm »
I found a much smaller cap is required.  If you put it in parallel with a resistor that works to.  The G&L passive bass control is a .0022uf cap across a 1M pot.

But yes, any time you introduce a capacitor to the circuit, you can introduce phase issues, and that can be an issue in parallel. 

Overall, I've found that just removing poles works best.  Either 3 under the bass on one coil (screws if double screw coil; now I just pop out the slugs on screw/slug pickups) or all 6 on one coil for some pickups (super 2 comes to mind). 

Also note this has much less affect on "aired" pickups than non-aired. 

The Pickup Place / Re: So I got bored...
« on: March 13, 2018, 07:53:29 pm »
There is a stickied post on the board for posting the results of this kind of experimentation, you might note your results there so they don't get lost in the shuffle.

The Pickup Place / Re: Air Classic set
« on: January 21, 2018, 12:33:13 am »

Actually, no. The PAF Master is brighter and less middy than the 36th Anniversary neck, which is close to the VHPAF.

Actually the VHPAF is very close to the 36th bridge, not neck. 

Air Classics are friggin awesome, some of the best PAFs out there.  I don't think you'd need the neck version in bridge to match with singles though.  With a 250k vol, the bridge version matches nicely with singles in the 6k range.

The Pickup Place / Re: Questions about DP163 Bluesbucker
« on: January 21, 2018, 12:29:39 am »
Not out of phase with Duncan humbuckers.  if you use black or red as the hot on the Duncan, use red hot on the BB; if you use white or green as hot on the Duncan, use black hot on the BB. 

Positive and negative on 4 conductor pickups is purely arbitrary.  Learn which colors go to which coil and which polary the magnets are from different manufacturers, and ignore the recommended wiring, it often leads to problems. 

BB does not sound like a P90.  Its a humbucker with some single coil character.  The slug coil isn't exactly a dummy coil, it does add *some* sound.  If you want to hear it as a single but still hum cancelling (and I personally do) push the slugs out of the slug coil. 

Wish they'd make a version of it using non-ferrous dummy poles on the slugs, but oh well.  Knocking them out does essentially the same. 

Which direction the screw coil goes it matters a LOT.  Screw coil toward bridge is brighter, toward neck, darker.  As to which is right for you, which do you want?  I can't tell you that.  I like the screws toward the bridge as a neck pickup; what you want out of it as a bridge pickup depends on your goals.  Screws toward bridge is pretty friggin bright.  Screws toward neck is ... well you just have to hear it.  Doesn't sound like any other bridge pickup.

The Pickup Place / Re: Any chance of a stickied DiMarzio Mods post?
« on: January 21, 2018, 12:20:32 am »
Air Classic bridge w/ Alnico 8:  All the delicate, complex nature of the AC but with decidedly more kick, essentially the same tone. 

The Pickup Place / Re: Satchur8 - Magnetar Name Change
« on: January 21, 2018, 12:14:47 am »
I love how people crap themselves over Dimarzio copyrighting a color on a certain bobbin/pole configuration, but give Duncan a pass about constantly invoking certain tones from well known artists to sell pickups without giving those artists any royalties.  They do that by not *exactly* mentioning the name, but making it pretty GD clear who it is. 

The Pickup Place / Re: Any chance of a stickied DiMarzio Mods post?
« on: November 16, 2017, 04:14:49 pm »
Well no response from mods on sticky so this may be forever lost, but:

Neck humbuckers, general mod to remove mud (note this is not nearly as noticeable with air buckers, so check for that before doing it)  Remove 3 poles under the bass string on the neck side coil.  If slug/screw config, I generally put the screws toward the bridge and knock out 3 slugs.  Pushing them out is not difficult; they'll slide right out of the bobbin with some pressure, and go right back in later.  Result:  Major reduction in mud on the low strings.  You end up with something approaching the tightness of a single on low string low notes, with the fatness of the humbucker on the high strings.  NOTE:  Adjust the poles on the other coil so that string balance is maintained.  The D and high E poles need the most raising, the low E not much at all, A and B somewhere in between.

Humbucker from Hell, change magnet to ceramic:  This requires removing one spacer as the stock magnet is a special size, thinner side to side.  Not hard surgery.  Result:  Stronger output, more articulation in the neck. Also benefits at that point from removing 3 poles as noted above. 

DP223 36th Anniv Bridge:  Change magnet to A2.  This is my current (by far) favorite pickup for the bridge of a strat with 250k volume pot.  Articulate sound with nicely vocal mids, no mud, removes the harsh high end from the stock A5 version.  I like this better than any bridge PAF, including the oft drooled over Tom Holmes.  Splits nicely with the middle pickup (I always leave the bridge coil active, if you're using Area middle this requires flipping magnet polarity on the 223, but since the mag is changing anyway, no extra work).

Super 2 in the neck: Remove all poles from neck side coil. Result:  Sounds like a big, loud single coil.  Loud enough to easily keep up with a mid range bucker in the bridge (Air Zone, AT-1, etc.).  Tight, bright, but with output no single can cop. 

More to come......

The Pickup Place / Any chance of a stickied DiMarzio Mods post?
« on: November 08, 2017, 04:15:56 pm »
Modding pickups with dif mags etc is all the rage over at the *other guy's forum*, you rarely see it discussed here.   What are the chances of getting a sticky post where those of us who've done it can post the mod and the tonal results? 

Some DiMarzios give great results with a magnet change, pole piece removal/change, etc.

The Pickup Place / Re: CLEAN & CHORDS: Tone Zone or Norton?
« on: November 08, 2017, 04:11:55 pm »
and a less honky nasal lead tone.

I HATED, HATED, HATED the Norton, until I tried it with a 1.5M resistor from hot to ground on a 500k pot so I get about 375k load on it. 

Holy sh*t what a difference.  Now I LOVE it, provided it sees that load.  All the nasal things and screech are gone, what's left is great.

The Pickup Place / Re: PAF 36th Anniversary neck output
« on: November 08, 2017, 04:08:42 pm »
As noted, neck pickups will be louder by nature of string amplitude than the same pickup in the bridge. 

Also, pickup height makes a HUGE difference.  You can balance a Tone zone with HS2s by adjusting pickup height. 

The Pickup Place / Re: Wiring stacked hum as a single coil
« on: November 08, 2017, 04:05:27 pm »
Because of the way the VV is made, switching off the bottom coil won’t change the tone very much.

Actually that isn't as true with VVs as it is with Areas.   I used to get RP VVs for this purpose and it does make a difference when split and in parallel.

To split it, run the black/white wires to ground, red is hot. If you need to reverse that so you're in phase with the other pickup, black/white = hot, red ground. 

The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio PAF Pro vs Seymour Duncan Full Shred
« on: December 04, 2016, 06:36:45 pm »
"Based on recent these samplings, the PAF Pro just is a clearer, more open sounding
pickup. "

Except that in reality, what you claim is utter hogwash. 

I've used PAF Pros, I know what they sound like.  Too muddy in the neck for my taste.  I've installed about 200 or so FSNs in guitars, my own and customer's who wanted a non-muddy, articulate neck pickup.  I've compared it, modded and un-modded, to dozens of other pickups that claim to be "single coil like" or otherwise non-muddy, bright, articulate, and found nothing to beat it, modded or unmodded.  The PAF Pro isn't even remotely in the running compared to even those dozens of other pickups I've put against the FSN, let alone the FSN itself.

The Pickup Place / Re: The Tone Zone vs Air Zone (bridge)
« on: December 04, 2016, 06:29:23 pm »
Order of DiMarzio output (sort of) and brightness levels and "PAF"-ness from what you're looking for:

36th Anniv bridge
Breed Neck

Somewhere along that continuum should be what you seek.

The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio PAF Pro vs Seymour Duncan Full Shred
« on: November 17, 2016, 11:30:33 am »
If some "dude" at Duncan told you something different than this:

PAF Pro A5 mag 42 ga wire std. insulation long hex poles wound to 8.4k. 

Full Shred Neck:  A5 mag 42 ga wire thick insulation (i.e. less coil capacitance robbing high end) short hex poles (i.e. less low end) wound to about 7.5K. 

He's wrong.  Give me his name, and I'll tell him.

The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio PAF Pro vs Seymour Duncan Full Shred
« on: November 16, 2016, 08:28:42 am »

Note that he's talking about a NECK Pickup. 

And... the PAF Pro is a little more open and the Duncan product is a little tighter/compressed.

And....Duncan's methodology is to slightly over wind.

Except that in the specific case of those two pickups, the Duncan is far more open/bright, and not at all overwound. 

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