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The Pickup Place / Re: DP155 history
« on: December 11, 2018, 04:47:33 am »
Did you try the 8.5k pickup in a guitar, and if so, did you get a lot of hum? If the answer is yes, then the pickup is a Tone Zone with one coil shorted.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Music Man St Vincent mini-humbuckers
« on: December 11, 2018, 04:45:16 am »
Congratulations if these are the DP 240 in the neck and middle position. These are great pickups.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Neck HB pickup to match a Tele Super Distortion T?
« on: December 06, 2018, 04:52:24 am »
My first recommendation would be the Bluesbucker.


The Pickup Place / Re: Hot Area T Sound for Strat!
« on: November 29, 2018, 04:32:15 am »
I can give you a comparison between the Chopper T and the Virtual Hot T (the predecessor to the Area Hot T) as a starting point as I have both. The Virtual Hot T is the overwound tele bridge pickup whereas the Chopper T has a bit more PAF DNA in it. However, you still have the undeniable tele tone with both pickups in a tele - that tele bridge is such a big factor in the overall tone and cannot be easily replicated in a strat with a trem/vib system. A hardtail strat would come closer.

I have two strats, one with a Chopper and one with a Virtual Solo in the bridge, each with an Area 58 in the middle and an Area 67 in the neck. Neither of the bridge pickups sounds like a tele - the VS is the overwound strat pickup and the Chopper is what I described above. If you have been dissatisfied with the Chopper T in a tele I would stay away from the Chopper and consider the Virtual Solo or Injector bridge instead (no personal experience with the latter, though).

I would save myself the effort to cut the strat for the Area Hot T as it still will not sound like a tele when fitted into a strat.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Al Di Meola (DP202) bridge...
« on: November 29, 2018, 04:14:39 am »
Very interesting, thanks for sharing your impressions. I have a guitar which I believe would benefit from a warm sounding pickup but most of them have higher output which is not beneficial for this particular guitar as it tends to choke the dynamics too much.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Help with Washburn N24 wiring
« on: November 26, 2018, 05:55:49 am »
There are many ways to wire a coil tap. The diagrams you have seen probably show the normal way which would provide you with the inside coil as the active coil.

It looks like the wiring in your guitar is so that when split the outside coil of the neck pickup is active - which is by the way my preference as well. With the SD Jazz, the green wire would go to ground, black would go where the white wire is, and white and red would go where green and red are.

Good luck,

The Pickup Place / Re: Chopper. Cruiser. 24.75". Pots?
« on: November 26, 2018, 05:43:02 am »
Losing the percussive low end with 500k pots - I don't think so. I have not tried both but I would guess that since a 500k pot makes it a bit brighter the low end would get even more percussive.

Personally I would go for the neck model in the neck as I want all the brightness I can get from a neck pickup but either one would be fine.

The resistor would go from the connection where the hot lead of the bridge pickup is connected (either the pickup selector or the volume control input) to ground (normally the back of a potentiometer).

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Washburn N24 pickup suggestions
« on: November 23, 2018, 05:29:34 am »
Forgot to add a pickup recommendation :)

I could not get any info on the stock N24 neck pickup. The earlier N4 Nuno signature model had a Seymour Duncan 59 there so the stock pickup may be close to that. What would be brighter in the DiMarzio line - Bluesbucker, definitely. Keep in mind that L-500XL is a loud pickup so you may want to consider something hotter like the Breed neck.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Washburn N24 pickup suggestions
« on: November 23, 2018, 05:24:02 am »
The OBL pickups (OBL standing for Original Bill Lawrence) came out in 1986 and were quite popular in Germany. There were the L-500 humbuckers, the L-900 humbuckers and the L-250 single coils with dual blades. All came in R (rhythm), L (lead) and XL variants. I still have an L-500 XL but it's not in any guitar currently.

Be careful with the L-500 if you want to use it in the neck spot as it is deeper than most humbuckers - check the cavity depth.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Chopper. Cruiser. 24.75". Pots?
« on: November 23, 2018, 05:18:59 am »
Okay, so a 24.75 scale doesn’t necessitate brighter pots. Correct?

Correct. Scale length is not the only tone factor. It is more a matter of whether the guitar as such is bright. Pots are rather cheap so if you find it is too bright with 500k pots and you cannot dial the excess brightness out on the amp, change to 250k or add a resistor in parallel to ground. The only downside is that you may have to take the pickguard off which is sometimes rather tedious.

I suppose I will try them with 500k vol and 500k tone, even though I have read that some have said the Chopper gets too trebly with that configuration. Hopefully the shorter scale will mellow that out.

I have 500k pots with my chopper T in my tele. Yes it's bright but I like it that way.

I keep hearing that the cruiser bridge can be muddy if not with 500k pots, yet Dimarzio advises 250k on its site, so I am confused. Throw in the whole issue of a shorter scale instrument and I realize I have to rely on the wisdom of more experienced tone-chasers.

No need to be confused. It is all subjective. Personally, for a neck pickup I want all the brightness I can reasonably get which means I would start with 500k pots, see if anything is missing and then take it from there. Most of this tweaking stuff is purely empirical and gained from experimenting.

Have fun,

The Pickup Place / Re: Chopper. Cruiser. 24.75". Pots?
« on: November 22, 2018, 08:17:06 am »
I would use a 500k volume pot as I found this works well for both pickups (I have tried them together in one guitar). Tone pot to taste.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Area 61 neck and middle with AT-1
« on: November 22, 2018, 08:15:36 am »
I also tried them all but also not in the same guitar. The Area 61 works well with 250k pots. The AT-1 is designed to go with 500k pots so the natural single coil companions would be Injector necks, which also work well with 500k pots. I guess the acid test is whether the AT-1 would work in your particular guitar with 250k pots - if so, then the combination with the Area 61s should work. Personally I would use a weaker humbucker with them.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Best humbucker for single True Velvets
« on: November 16, 2018, 07:36:04 am »
SSH (or HSS - depending from which end you are looking at) triggers the question: do you want to have a balance between the split humbucker to the SCs or of the full humbucker with the SCs. I understood from the OP that the full humbucker should balance with the SCs, and as these are vintage style pickups, a low output pickup, e.g. PAF 36th Anni, PAF Master, Air Classic, Virtual PAF or Virtual Hot PAF would be the way to go. Personally I have only hands-on experience with the Virtual Hot PAF, in combination with the Area 67 in the neck and the Virtual Vintage 54 Pro in the middle, and that to my ears is a balanced combination.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Replacement for VV Heavy Bues 2
« on: August 15, 2018, 04:10:01 am »
Injector neck is basically a brighter VVHB2. Output level is about the same. Never played the FT-1.

Cheers Stephan

I very much doubt that the Breed neck is darker than the Air Norton. However, as I have not tried them in the same guitar I cannot give a direct comparison. Nevertheless I like it very much as a neck pickup. It has lots of power and will balance very well with a strong bridge pickup.

The first pickup that came to mind for "darker than AN" was the Liquifire but I understand that this is out already.

My experience with 24 fret guitars is that they like a neck pickup which has quite a bit of a coil offset, i.e. asymmetrical coils. I have had very good results with the Bareknuckle VHII neck insofar, and I also think that the Bluesbucker would work excellent in that application. However, both are bright pickups.

I never played an AirZone but I have seen it being recommended in the neck for jazzy tones.

Given all that I would probably stay with the Air Norton.

Cheers Stephan

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