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The Pickup Place / Re: Wiring advice for DP103-pickups
« on: July 05, 2019, 03:26:57 am »
Yeah, that's the one. I'm not 100% on the Dimarzio wire colors but I think it's white and black together, green and bare to ground, and red is hot to the switch.

Yes, that is the DiMarzio standard wiring. With Seymour Duncan it would be black to hot, green and bare to ground and red+white together.

Cheers Stephan

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I don't know why but I dig these colors - a real 80s statement.

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: Are these switching options possible ?
« on: June 28, 2019, 05:08:37 am »
Fully agree to Budd - experimentation led me to find the results I want.

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: Foam under pickups
« on: June 27, 2019, 03:47:46 am »
Very unusual - never experienced that.

Cheers Stephan

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Gear Closet / Re: Baritone Amp Suggestions
« on: June 21, 2019, 03:39:50 am »
Baritone guitars are a very specific species. I mostly go for the twangy clean stuff with a baritone, so anything loud and clean (i.e. Fender, Ampeg or Hiwatt style amps of min. 50W or bass amps) with a speaker cabinet that can handle juice and does not break up works fine. If you are also going for distorted tones it will get more complex as some of the speakers that handle clean power well may not translate distorted tones to your liking. And, none of the amps I mentioned are exactly bedroom amps. I am afraid there is no way around trying out some different set ups and see what you like.

Good luck
Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: neck pickup for EVH Wolfgang standard
« on: June 18, 2019, 05:33:19 am »
None of the above.

I have also a guitar with a Super Distortion in the bridge. The neck pickup is a Breed neck, and that is what I recommend.

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio Twang King / Area T / Virtual T
« on: June 13, 2019, 03:51:02 am »
If it has to be a tele type neck pickup because nothing else will fit without modification to the guitar, I would look for tele neck pickups that are designed to approach a strat pickup. Strangeman pointed in the right direction. I also think that Lindy Fralin designed a tele neck pickup for Jim Weider. If I remember correctly it is called the Big T and is offered by Analogman but it is not humcancelling. As far as humcancellng tele neck pickups, I prefer the Bill Lawrence TL-202 to the Area T neck as it is a bit loutder and more open (at least in the guitar I had both pickups in back-to-back).

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio Twang King / Area T / Virtual T
« on: June 12, 2019, 04:32:11 am »
Hi,

First of all, your English is fine.

Second, the easiest question to answer: Twang King is not a noiseless pickup.

Third, the problem with all tele type neck pickups, DiMarzio or other, is low output. If you pair any of these with a high output pickup such as the Tone Zone you may get an output imbalance. If you are set on the Tone Zone as the bridge pickup I would check whether it is possible to fit a strat type pickup in the neck position. That would give you a lot more viable alternatives but I am not sure whether it fits.

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: DP153 Fred on a mim Fender Stratocaster
« on: June 11, 2019, 03:54:44 am »
Yes. I had one in a 80s style super strat (basswood body, custom neck, Floyd, HSS). The guitar originally had a PAF Pro, which I replaced with a Fred after they came out. Both fine pickups but I expected more of a difference to be honest.

I no longer have that guitar but maybe I should have kept it - it was a very well functioning guitar which sounded more than just decent.

Cheers Stephan

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1. Most certainly no routing is required. However if your stock pickups are the PRS HFS and Vintage Bass, the EJs will sound very different and have much lower output (at least the bridge pickup).
2. Both pickups need a 4 conductor wire to work with the rotary switch. One of the pickups needs a different magnet orientation.
4. Swapping magnets is not that difficult but you have to be careful not to destroy the windings. There are several instructional videos on YT.
3. What Harlow said.
5. This is up to the individual.

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: Less midrangey alternative to AT-1?
« on: June 03, 2019, 03:56:49 am »
Fine - they are a good combination so far. I can use them with the same amp settings without wanting to change anything.

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: Capacitors affect your pickup tone even on 10.
« on: June 03, 2019, 03:54:09 am »
You need to consider that the tone pot with the cap is in parallel to the signal path, and it goes to ground. A capacitor passes all frequencies up from a certain point, so say a 0.022uf cap (typical tone cap value) passes everything from 70hz upwards (just as an example to explain the principle - the real breakpoint may be different). This means that if that guitar has a 500k volume pot and a 500k tone pot, for AC purposes the frequencies from 70hz upwards look at a 250k load (both 500k pots in parallel).

Now if you replace the tone cap of 0.022uf with a 0.0022uf. That cap will pass everything from 700hz upwards in the same circuit, which means that the frequencies between 70hz and 700hz, which saw a 250k load before, now see a 500k load, and that makes a difference. How much depends on the guitar itself, the pickup and the pots used and can range from almost inaudible to subtley different to noticeable different.

You cannot measure the total load with a multimeter since the multimeter only reads DC values, and the cap is open circuit for DC.

Cheers Stephan

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Everything you wanted to know about .... / Re: HS-3
« on: June 03, 2019, 03:45:21 am »
@Guitar74: your description of the HS-3 is spot on. Great pickup for overdriven leads as the guitarist you mentioned superbly demonstrated. Not necessarily the best pickup if you want sparkly clean tones (the HS-1 or HS-2 would do that better than the HS-3) or if you need high output.

There also was a tele bridge version of this pickup, the HS-3T.

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: Less midrangey alternative to AT-1?
« on: June 01, 2019, 05:52:44 pm »
So - the Norton is here, it is in the guitar and it rocks! It was just what I wanted for this guitar. I lost the honk and got more articulation.

The AT-1 went into the poplar tele, replacing a Steve Morse bridge. Again a significant improvement. Not that the SMB sounded bad in any way but the AT-1 has more warmth, more crunch and more harmonics, and in this guitar it has the open top end that it didn't have in the maple neck/fretboard strat. This is not the first time I noticed that maple fretboards are more picky about the pickups - the window between dull and too bright seems to be narrower than with other fretboard woods such as rosewood or pau ferro. The poplar tele has a maple neck with rosewood board.

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: Sterling St Vincent pickups change
« on: June 01, 2019, 05:46:32 pm »
BTW I would recommend closing the other thread so that you get the replies in one thread.

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