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The Pickup Place / What happens if I put a cover on a blade pickup?
« on: March 12, 2019, 12:24:12 pm »
I'd like to know if you have any experience about covering a twin blade pickup (like the Chopper) with a plastic cover that is completely closed, I mean without the usual 2 cuttings of a standard pickup plastic cover with the two blades coming out.
I have a guitar with 2 nice pickup covers (similar to wood) and I'd like to keep them, putting a new pickup under them. I'd like to try the Satch Track in the bridge and the Fast Track 1 in the neck position.

Because of this closed covers, I guess that the pickup could be a little farer from the strings, even if I will remove its standard plastic cover (the one with Dimarzio logo on it), because with it, the pickup would be a little too large to fit into my "wood-colored" covers.

Do you know what impact I could have on the sound with a closed cover made of plastic?

Hi i have an Ibanez sa2020fm (mahogany with maple top) and i want to get rid of the emg 81/85 that are currently on it. I am thinking of going d-activator for both bridge and neck but i am not so sure about the neck. I mostly play modern metal stuff but i enjoy playing classics like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Dio etc. Any suggestions/tips would be really helpfull.

I'd like to point out that changing from active to passive pickup, it's likely you'll have to change also the pots and check if you need to add a ground wire from the guitar bridge to the pickups circuit.

The Pickup Place / Re: Ibenez Artcore AS73 Humbuckers Upgrade Pickups
« on: March 09, 2019, 05:37:44 am »
I liked the Air Classic in the neck position, but mainly in a split configuration or parallel wiring.
For me it was even too bassy in the standard series configuration, but I admit that for me 98% of neck pickups are too bassy!  ::)
Anyway, splitting it (using just one single coil) it had a great tone in my guitar.

The Pickup Place / Suggestion for bridge humbucker pickup
« on: March 09, 2019, 04:47:03 am »
I got a Chinese copy of a Strandberg (but with solid body, instead of hollow body), and after that my guitar tech fixed and adjusted it properly, I have to say it is not bad at all.
But I don't like the pickups a lot; they are maybe a copy of passive EMG, I'm not sure.
They are a little muddy, and comparing the recorded tone with my favorite guitar, I see that I should cut a lot around 300 Hz to get a nice sound from the bridge pickup.

I'd love your suggestions for modern rock music, some flexibility and good clarity and definition (and no shrill highs at all).
I'm looking at Fred and Titan for the bridge position, but I don't know them even if the reviews and descriptions could be good for what I'm looking for. They are just an example, and I'm really open to your comments and suggestions.

Since the pickups are angled, I need a standard spaced pickup, so I can't consider the pickups that are available only in F-spaced size.
This is my new "toy":

Later I'll look at the neck pickup, too. And probably my favorite choice could be the Humbucker from Hell.
But before replacing the original pickup, I'll try to tweak it by adding a capacitor in series to cut some bass frequencies.

What DiMarzio would give me better clarity and dynamics?

I'd really consider the Fred or the Air Classic Bridge, or (but I have no experience with the following) the new Paf 59 Bridge. If you like dynamics, these pickups that don't have high power output could give you a better results, and be a better match with the single coils. But don't this guitar have some active electronics, too?

The Pickup Place / Re: Another pickup suggestion request
« on: July 20, 2017, 11:52:44 am »
Imho the Chopper could give you more flexibility. And you could consider also a superswitch so that you could wire the Chopper in parallet and split (connecting only one blade) in position 2-4. Or even you could split both the neck and the bridge humbucker, too, when you select the position 2-4 of the switch. So that you'd get a kind of Strat sound in those position, without the need of further switches.
When you wire those split position, it can happen that you have to reverse the hot/ground wires of one pickups if they are out of phase.

The Pickup Place / Re: Cruiser problem
« on: March 09, 2017, 12:19:38 pm »
I have the same pickup in the neck of my guitar (and I love it) but I wired it so that I have both the series and the parallel wiring. I did not try to split it; the Cruiser has a low output, so I'm afraid it really does not make sense to split it (on the contrary for example the BC-1 has a nice tone when it's split too!).
I don't know if there is some other mistake in your wiring, but anyway the result you got could be perfectly normal.
When I use the Cruiser in parallel wiring (I mean its two coils in parallel and not with other pickups) there is a little volume drop, and I use it when I want to clean a little more a crunch tone.

The Pickup Place / Re: Neck Pickup for Modified Strat (HSS)
« on: March 09, 2017, 12:50:43 am »
The Satch Track is anyway a typical humbucker. If you prefer a single-coil sound the Injector or Fast Track 1 are better choices.

In the bridge of my guitar I put a BC-1 after the suggestion from Dimarzio and I like it very much. It's rather warm, with a lot of harmonics and split very well.

Imho the best bridge pup for your woods and for classic hard rock is Fred.
There is a reason DMZ have been making this pup for many years. It's very good, has also a lot of dynamics, and it cuts well in any dense mix, in view also of the slightly dark tones of your guitar body/fretboard wood.

The Pickup Place / Re: hss suggestions with at-1
« on: January 16, 2015, 10:29:37 am »
I don't remember the Fast Track 1 anymore. I think it's rather similar to the Cruiser, even if the Cruiser is probably even closer to a real single coil.

I'm personally curious to hear the Satch Track, too, even if I suppose its tone is more like a humbucker pickup.

The Pickup Place / Re: hss suggestions with at-1
« on: January 15, 2015, 12:37:15 pm »
I don't know the Area 61, but any fear that the power of the Cruiser bridge in the neck can be too low to match the AT-1 in the bridge is (imho) exaggerated. Anyway, please consider that you may want to adjust a little also the distance between the strings and the pickups to find a better compromise in case.
I can't hear any important volume difference when Andy Timmonds switches from the AT-1 to its neck pickup (Cruiser bridge). And he switches often while he plays.

The Pickup Place / Re: hss suggestions with at-1
« on: January 15, 2015, 08:16:38 am »
Andy Timmons uses the Cruiser bridge pickup in the neck position.
So, I suppose it's a "sufficient" proof of quality and good match with the AT-1.
I use the Cruiser bridge too in the neck, and I love it (for its clarity, both with clean tones and distortion); I prefer it with 500 kohm pots.

The Pickup Place / Re: Want to replace pickups. Any advice welcome.
« on: January 14, 2015, 02:59:33 am »
I have the Cruiser bridge pu in the neck position, and it's wonderful. I think I have a perfect sound with it. I love both the clean, blues and hi-gain tones with it. I use 500 kohm pots, because after trying with 250 kohm, it seemed even too dark for me. I admit anyway that I like a lot of clarity in the neck.
My guitar has only 2 pickups, but I'd suggest easily 2 Cruiser bridge in the middle and neck (or even the Cruiser neck in the middle if you prefer a lower output for the 2-3 and 4 positions).
As to the bridge, I used the Virtual Solo for some years. It's very good, but at the end I'm now trying different solutions, because I find it was a little too harsh. And maybe definitely I don't like a single coil pu in the bridge position.
Now I'm using a BC-1 (yes the neck version) in my bridge position, and with a multipole switch I also split it (and it's really great the position with the split bridge + neck). The BC-1 is rather middy, with a typical humbucker tone, and with a lot (really a lot!) of easy harmonics. I'll keep it some time before a definitive opinion. For sure it has so many harmonics that I missed with the Virtual Solo, that it seems a different guitar now. I think that the Tone Zone and the Air Norton (single coil size) probably are not very different from the BC-1.

If its look with the 2 blades is acceptable for you, I also would suggest the Cruiser bridge (!) in the neck position. I can say that it's my favorite pickup ever... clear modern tone both clean and with distortion.

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