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The Pickup Place / Re: Best humbucker for both cleans and dirt?
« on: February 27, 2019, 10:52:23 am »
While acknowledging the highly subjective nature of all things guitar, I tend to enjoy the Imperium when I want a Dimarzio that does clean AND dirty with equal aplomb. 

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Gear Closet / Keeley KE-808 (Red Dirt Pro)
« on: February 26, 2019, 05:14:18 am »
If you haven't guessed/realized by now, yes, this is a tube screamer variant.  The proverbial cat being out of the bag, on to my thoughts...

I have sampled many a fancy screamer, but this one rises to the top.  While you certainly get the airy/singy midrange (it's thick and pronounced but not overbearing in most cases), you also get a very full low end and an extra smooth high end.  My favorite aspect of this circuit, however, is that the typical 'clean blend' texture that nearly all TS's and their ilk exhibit when played on a CLEAN channel is nearly non-existent.  Pick attack is not stifled and while there is some mild compression it cleans up with a volume knob as well as or better than anything out there.  My only complaint is that I wasn't able to get one in the purple finish (mine is 808 green, but it's #28 and signed by Mr. Keeley). 

Is this pedal breaking any new ground?  Not really.  But it feels/plays like a very refined and completed idea that makes me smile and want to play more. 

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The Pickup Place / Re: PAF Pro/Air Zone not quite doing it for me
« on: January 30, 2019, 05:35:50 pm »
I can't help you with the neck (haven't had a neck pickup in years) but as far as the bridge goes... that vocal quality you're talking about is a common quality in dimarzios (at least all the ones i've come across).  The duncan custom (with an a2 or unoriented a5 magnet in it) would probably help tame the brightness you're hearing although the output would still be in the same ballpark.  Another option would be to email Jeff from HighOrder Pickups and tell him what you need (he's great at taking abstract tonal descriptions and turning them into fantastic humbuckers. Just my two cents.

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The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio DP427 bridge pickup
« on: January 24, 2019, 11:27:23 am »
The guitar is beautiful... and stupid expensive lol. I would guess that the new bridge pickup is probably in the super d/super 3 vein.

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The Pickup Place / Re: More surgery...
« on: January 18, 2019, 07:30:38 am »
And I get that.  I was just hoping it wouldn't affect it nearly as much as it did.  But that's biscuit we risk.

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The Pickup Place / Re: More surgery...
« on: January 17, 2019, 04:52:21 pm »
Yeah, back to the drawing board.   :madness:  I put the new neck on (which plays exactly like I was hoping it would) and the pickup sounds like hot garbage lol. 

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The Pickup Place / Re: More surgery...
« on: January 17, 2019, 03:03:00 pm »
Not a problem!  I always think that if nothing else, someone can learn from my foolishness.  So far I still enjoy it, but time will tell.  I'm getting a new neck for my guitar today, so we'll see if it's still great after the neck change. 

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The Pickup Place / Re: More surgery...
« on: January 16, 2019, 07:42:39 pm »
A quick update, this crazy 'stein likes to be closer to the strings.  Also, I think the output is probably closer to 375+mV, although I have no way to measure this.

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The Pickup Place / More surgery...
« on: January 16, 2019, 11:07:20 am »
Yes, I did it again, I'm an addict and I can't leave well enough alone.  I've been playing the Imperium in my guitar ... for a while, it's pretty well tied with my favorite Duncan (a hack job) for time spent between pickup changes.  But I began to desire a slightly more even EQ with a bit more power.  So I bought an Illuminator and tried that.  A nice round-snap quality to the notes, but a bit boxy and too screamy (yes, I know, Mr. Petrucci likes those blistering leads) but the EQ was close to what I was hearing and the extra power was nice.  So into the O.R. I went... The first incarnation I tried was the screw coil (or southern coil) of the Illuminator and the northern coil of the Imperium.  NEGATIVE.  That sounded ridiculously boxy and kind of choked off if that makes sense.  So I tried the opposite (the slug or northern coil from the Illuminator and the southern coil of the Imperium).  Now we're cookin'!  This was ... mostly, what I was trying to achieve.  The low end is still very tight (as both donor pickups were already) and is, to my ears, just a hair more than the Imperium has on its own.  The mids shifted frequencies a bit (lots of that nice Dimarzio vocal quality to lead work, but it isn't really boxy like the Illuminator can be) and are backed off compared to the Imperium.  The high end is what I wanted, more than the Imperium, less than the Illuminator.  Resistance is in the 12k range, overall output sounds ... probably 350+mV?  So far, I'm enjoying the fruits of my labors, but more to follow.  Happy mod'ing to all!

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Gear Closet / Re: Abasi Pathos...
« on: January 06, 2019, 10:52:56 am »
Quick update.  I finally got to put some real volume on my amp this morning with the pedal on and I'm still not disappointed.  It just isn't harsh sounding at all.  Yes, my ears are ringing from the volume, but the high end isn't fizzy in the least even turned completely up on edge mode; consequently that makes for less ear fatigue for me.  I imagine once the honeymoon wears off I'll find something I'm not enamored with, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.  Happy playing to all!

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Gear Closet / Abasi Pathos...
« on: January 03, 2019, 08:14:12 am »
A tiny bit of history, I have terrible luck with distortion pedals.  Most of them have some sort of audible quirk or a harsh frequency or two that I can't stand, etc...  That being said, the Pathos is very refined sounding.  Mr. Abasi tends to like brighter, clearer tone from his guitars (based on what I hear) and the Pathos is more full and warm sounding to compensate for that.  It is very articulate and surprisingly quiet for a dirt box.  To my ears it likes big chords and lead work just a bit more than chugging away or fast palm-muting.  I've seen a couple of reviewers that didn't like the sweep of the gain knob, it's certainly not the most linear I've heard but it isn't terrible.  The EQ is phenomenal.  The midrange is the most powerful of the three frequencies (by design if I remember what Mr. Abasi said in an interview), but the treble and bass are no slouches.  Overall the circuit remains 'tight' and note separation is excellent no matter the settings.  The smooth/edge switch is very powerful as well.  Leaving the smooth setting on doesn't seem to affect the gain or output of the circuit, but it makes it the smoothest distortion I've heard, period.  Not dark or wooly or murky in any fashion, just SMOOTH. 

Is this pedal for everyone?  Nope, not even close.  It was built as a very specific tool for a very unique player.  But if you want something that jives a little off center, the Pathos is worth a try.

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Gear Closet / Re: Nobels ODR Mini
« on: January 02, 2019, 04:21:32 am »
I got it for $70 after shipping on reverb.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Duncan Custom 5 but with more mids?
« on: December 31, 2018, 09:36:43 am »
I'm a big Custom fan, and the closest Dimarzio is supposedly the Norton, which I also really enjoy. That being said, swapping out the A5 your pickup has for an unoriented A5 will go a LONG way toward what you want. It's like a regular A5 but with more mids, sounds fantastic in a Custom (it's my favorite magnet for that pickup) and is also a much cheaper route than a whole new pickup.

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Gear Closet / Nobels ODR Mini
« on: December 27, 2018, 08:37:00 am »
Pros:
- Sounds 99% like the original (of which there are a plethora of demos).
- A smaller, arguably sturdier housing.
- 'Tighter' low end than the original to my ears.
- CHEAP.

Cons:
- None for me, although I imagine some folks will be unhappy with even slight changes to such a beloved piece of gear.

A stellar, affordable pedal that punches WAY above its class.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Pandemonium
« on: December 21, 2018, 12:13:27 pm »
I didn't much enjoy the demo either, and the price of admission with the mandatory cover and color is not helping. I think those are also the reasons you can only find a handful of unofficial demos of the sonic ecstasy as well. Just  my two cents.

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