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The closest single coil sized DiMarzio pickups sounding like a full size humbucker that I used so far were dual rails: the Super Distortion S and the Chopper. Chopper sounds PAF-ish, Super Distortion S is more like a medium output humbucker with more midrange and low end to it. There are more but these are the ones I used.

If you do not want dual rail pickups the next closest would be the SDS-1 which has a bit of P90 flavor but it is not humcancelling. Virtual Solo would be good for the bridge but that is an overwound single coil tone, still very stratty and humbucker-unlike. No idea how it would work in the other positions. Injector neck for neck and middle would also be quite quacky and stratty, especially with a 500k volume pot.

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: Any chance of a stickied DiMarzio Mods post?
« on: February 20, 2019, 10:03:34 am »
OK I put the screws back in but screwed them as low as they would go, and that was the ticket. Beautiful cleans with the tone control up, a biting but not harsh overdriven tone with the tone control up and a smooth tone with the tone control down. Even though it is not exactly like a P90 it sounds great in its own right. Experiment finished with success.

Cheers Stephan

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Cool, thanks for sharing.

Interestingly I used the Steve Morse bridge (in the bridge) with the Breed neck (in the neck) at one time, and that is a good combination as well. Now I have a Duncan Full Shred neck which I like even better but I may switch to the DP-240 mini humbucker as the neck is still not quite as tight as I would like it to be.

Cheers Stephan

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The mini bar (off topic & misc) / Re: 1000!
« on: February 20, 2019, 04:24:48 am »
Thanks guys. Well - then it's on to the next 1000.

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The Pickup Place / Re: The NORTON in the Neck or stick to a AIR NORTON?
« on: February 20, 2019, 04:23:51 am »
"Bridge" and "Neck" are no more than what the manufacturer suggests where the pickup could be used. The player chooses where he wants to use it so if you like a bridge model in the neck spot, fine.

That said, I do not like most full size humbuckers in the neck, even those designed for that position as I find most too muddy on the low end.

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: Any chance of a stickied DiMarzio Mods post?
« on: February 19, 2019, 04:50:23 am »
After testing this for a while I will put the screws back in. Taking them out causes a too large volume drop to my ears when used clean.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Any chance of a stickied DiMarzio Mods post?
« on: February 18, 2019, 04:22:55 am »
DLX Plus neck model: removed the bridge side screws, wired the pickup in parallel with a 250k load and a cap to ground. I am still experimenting with the value of the cap - 0.001uf leaves it too bright, 0.0032 (that is 0.001 plus the tone control with a 0.0022 cap rolled down) gets a very P90 like tone but without the hum. Not quite there yet but sounds very promising.

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: Duncan Parallel Axis Distortion Fast Track 1
« on: February 17, 2019, 02:53:34 pm »
how do i do the magnet test on the rail pickup like that?  its a fast track 1 which has the two blades very close to each other.

Pretty much the same way as you would with large humbuckers but bring the other magnet not straight from the top but from a bit of a side angle.

Good luck
Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: Duncan Parallel Axis Distortion Fast Track 1
« on: February 15, 2019, 04:01:48 am »
That is a strange phenomenon you are experiencing. Never had a PATB-2 but it cannot be much louder than a Super Distortion or a Lawrence L-500XL.

Have you done the magnet/polarity check, and what were the results? I am asking because at the moment I am not sure which coils need to be active to get the hum cancelled.

Cheers Stephan

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Everything you wanted to know about .... / Re: DLX Plus
« on: February 14, 2019, 09:32:53 am »
I should have noted that I described the bridge version (DP-154) in the first two posts. Meanwhile I also scored one for the neck (DP-162) and wired it in parallel. It replaced a DLX-90 which was also wired in parallel and was good but I hoped to get a tone that was more full. I achieved that with the DLX Plus neck in parallel (load to the pickup was about 250k) but still too scooped in the midrange. I then added a 0.001uf cap from hot to ground. Yes - that's more like a P90 now. Great tone and matches well with the DLX Plus in the bridge (which is wired in standard series mode). Still not quite there - I may have to do a slight tweak to tune the low response - more on that when I get to it.

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: Duncan Parallel Axis Distortion Fast Track 1
« on: February 14, 2019, 04:17:28 am »
The meter readings would be the same in all cases so that does not get us anywhere. I still say try swapping white and red.

Good luck
Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: Duncan Parallel Axis Distortion Fast Track 1
« on: February 13, 2019, 03:56:38 am »
The standard Duncan wiring would be black to hot, white+red to split and green to ground. This gave you the expected tone but hum, correct? What do you have now - hum and expected tone or hum and thin tone? If so, it is out of phase and you should swap red and white. If not, we have to look elsewhere.

Good luck
Stephan

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News & New Guys / Re: Server outage
« on: February 11, 2019, 08:02:24 am »
Glad to see it back. So far eveything seems to work fine.

Cheers Stephan

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My feeling is that the older versions are better suited to the bridge position whereas the newer versions would be better candidates for the neck position, even though I have not yet played a DP-241.

I have put one in the bridge spot of a dual humbucker Tele and my feelings were fully confirmed. The DP168 is between a full size PAF humbucker and a single coil but much closer to the PAF. The Vintage Mini (DP240) would be a step further in the direction of a single coil without going all the way like a Firebird would. The guitar it is in has a Firebird pickup in the neck spot, and the pickups balance quite well. I used 500k pots on all pickups.

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: PAF Pro/Air Zone not quite doing it for me
« on: February 08, 2019, 03:56:08 am »
Good call on the 250k pot for the bridge - it is an inexpensive thing to try.

I am not familiar with the Peavey speakers. The only way to find out if the brightness comes from them is to try a different cabinet.

Cheers Stephan

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