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The Pickup Place / Re: Chopper and cruiser (bridge) balance?
« on: September 18, 2020, 04:11:57 am »
There is no single pickup that "needs" any particular value to work well. That all depends on the way the guitar sounds acoustically - a bright guitar may work well with 250k pots all around whereas a dark guitar could even be too dark with 500k pots all around.

For those two pickups, 500k volume is a good start. The difference between a 250k and a 500k tone pot is like comparing a 500k tone pot set to 9 or 10 so there will be a difference but not night and day.

I would try the Cruiser with 500k volume and 250k tone first and then evaluate whether anything is missing, and then think about any further changes.

Btw: how many volume and tone controls do you have on that guitar?

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: 50ís Volume Pot Wiring
« on: September 17, 2020, 02:50:36 am »
Here is a link showing the differences between 50s wiring and modern wiring.

As you see, the difference lies in the way the tone pot is wired. This means if you do not have a tone pot, you can only simulate one by inserting a 0.022uf cap from the volume output (center lug), connect the other end of the cap to a 470k resistor and connect the other end of the 470k resistor to ground. There is the 50s wiring with an invisible tone pot that is always on 10.

Cheers Stephan

I really like this clip of the Area 61 in the neck,8161.0.html

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Area 61 neck position - Clean Sound
« on: September 10, 2020, 03:02:27 am »
Nice playing and tone!

The only thing is that we seem to slightly disagree what a "clean tone" is. Yours in the video is not exactly clean (in the sense of "there is no discernible overdrive or crunch"). To my ears it has a fair bit of crunch in it - which is fine to me, and your playing highlighted this in a beautiful way.

I had the Area 61 in one guitar in the neck and liked it there as well.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Dimarzio Breed bridge with A2 mag?
« on: August 31, 2020, 03:13:33 am »
You can also solder a 470k or 560k resistor (500k is not a standard resistor value but you can use to 1 megs in parallel) from output to ground instead of changing the volume pot to 250k. Faster and cheaper, and if you have several values at hand, you can finetune the response until the icepick is gone but not so far that the articulation is lost. E.g.

a 500k pot in parallel with a 2.2 meg resistor gives a load of approx. 400k
a 500k pot in parallel with two 3.3 meg resistors gives a load of approx. 380k
a 500k pot in parallel with a 1 meg resistor gives a load of approx 330k

The right value is the one you like best.

Cheers Stephan

News & New Guys / Re: Ibanez Fan - Peru
« on: August 27, 2020, 02:16:04 am »

The Pickup Place / Re: Pickups you have changed your mind about...
« on: August 07, 2020, 03:32:42 am »
Duncan JB - never understood what the hype was about until I put one in a guitar that was a really good match for it.

DiMarzio Super Distortion - never really liked it until I put it in my MIK Brian Moore which is a very bright guitar and lowered the load to about 375k. Loud, no mud, and all the buzz in the upper end is gone, and what remains is a powerful yet clear articulate tone.

The Pickup Place / Re: Anyone try Satch Track in Bridge?
« on: July 29, 2020, 05:32:44 am »
The comparison thread is here:,8138.0.html

My guess is that with the Satch Track Neck JS wanted a clearer version of the Chopper to use in the neck, which the published spec seem to reflect.

Cheers Stephan

Guitar Lounge / Re: Darth Paul, my modified PRS S2 Standard 22
« on: July 22, 2020, 02:38:56 am »
That guitar has a very classy look. Have fun with it.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Injector Bridge in neck position?
« on: July 21, 2020, 12:52:47 pm »
The Injector bridge would be the next step darker and more output than the Heavy Blues 2 so if the Heavy Blues 2 does not quite have enough it may be worth a try.

The Pickup Place / Re: Noob asking for help
« on: July 20, 2020, 04:04:38 pm »
And here is the diagram to my essay above.

You will note the 330k to 470k resistor between the common terminals of levels 3 and 4. This is a tip from RayBarbeeMusic (many thanks, Ray!). It lowers the load of the bridge pickup in parallel mode to tame excessive brightness. In series mode the resistor is shunted and thus out of the circuit.

Cheers Stephan

By looking through the Help functions it appears that you can add attachments to posts but not private messages. Or have I missed anything?


The Pickup Place / Re: Noob asking for help
« on: July 13, 2020, 01:35:35 pm »
Seems like no diagram on the DiMarzio website matches mine exactly. Most put the neck pickup in parallel or split it, which I do not with the DP240 - I am not even sure if that would be useful as the DP240 is already bright enough in series mode. I haven't yet found my note but I can tell you what I did. I wanted the following positions:

1 = neck
2 = neck in parallel with the bridge in parallel mode
3 = neck in parallel with the bridge in series mode
4 = bridge in parallel mode
5 = bridge in series mode

I used a 4 level 5 way switch (what DiMarzio refers to as "multipole switch", aka "super switch" or "mega switch").  Each level contains 6 lugs, one of them is "common" - this is the one that the others connect to depending on where the switch is set. The individual switch positions are independent of each other, i.e. lug 1 has no internal connection to lug 2 or lug 3 etc. It is only connected to the common lug in switch position #1 but not in all the other positions. The four levels are identical so you can decide which you use as "level 1" and so on.

- I used the first level of the 4 level 5 way switch to control the neck pickup, which means the common lug goes to the volume pot input, and the neck pickup (red lead) goes to the positions where I want it to be heard, i.e. positions 1, 2 and 3. Green lead of the neck pickup goes to ground, Black and White are soldered together and taped off - they are not needed for my wiring.
- I used the second level of the switch to control the bridge pickup. Again, common lug goes to the volume (or to common lug of level 1) and the bridge pickup (red lead if it is a DiMarzio) goes to the positions where I want it to be heard (i.e. positions 2, 3, 4 and 5). Green lead goes to ground. Black and White will not be connected at the moment as we still have to implement the series parallel wiring with the remaining two levels.

For the series/parallel switching of the bridge pickup we will use level 3 and level 4 of the switch. Connect the black wire to the common lug of level 3 and the white wire to the common lug of level 4. As we want them to be connected for the series link in the switch positions 3 and 5, we would connect lugs no. 3 of both levels and lugs no. 5 of both levels.

For parallel operation, the black wire must go to ground, and the white wire must go to hot. This means that in order to get the bridge pickup working in parallel in #2 and #4, lugs 2 and 4 of level 3 must be connected to ground, and lugs 2 and 4 of level 4 must be connected to the volume pot.

That is the switch wiring, and this is the most complex part of the wiring. Volume and tone controls are wired in the normal way in my guitar so you can take a standard tele diagram for that.

Hope that helps,

Glad you solved it. A bit less output than the full humbuckers is normal - that's part of the versatility of HSS.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Noob asking for help
« on: July 13, 2020, 02:31:18 am »
Whether 2,3 and 4 are humcancelling in that set up depends on the magnetic polarity, which should be the same if you stick with DiMarzio. But in the normal orientation and wiring my guess is that # 2 and 4 would be humcancelling whereas #3 would not.

I am not sure whether these split positions would all sound different from each other - why not choose both humbuckers for #3?

Cheers Stephan

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