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The Pickup Place / Wax Potting
« on: January 12, 2020, 05:24:48 pm »
How well are DiMarzioís potted with wax?  Are they dipped like traditional methods or by vacuum methods?  Are there methods to remove wax from pickups?  I read that pickups that are unpotted may sound better.  I was not sure if it was possible.  I also read the Leo Fender dipped his pickups in lacquer.  I was thinking of unpotting a DiMarzio single coil.

The Pickup Place / Pickup tone vs hearing tone
« on: October 26, 2019, 08:47:31 pm »
When I was younger I could not deal with single coils, they were just too bright and I played humbuckers exclusively.  Now, I prefer single coils over humbuckers.  My conclusion is that our hearing changes as well as our perception of tone.  Also, the frequency responses of tonality of the pickups and our ears vary immensely.  Much of our tone chasing can be remedied by EQing the frequencies that we donít like and balancing things that we do like.  Some pickup models are more similar than dissimilar and some minor tweaking by EQ is the clear remedy for many tonality issues. YMMV

The Pickup Place / Camo Covers
« on: October 13, 2019, 11:59:25 pm »
I got a set of camo covers.  Iím impressed with the matte look.  Good job DiMarzio!

The Pickup Place / Phil Collen PC1
« on: July 21, 2019, 11:57:26 pm »
Wildwood and Greg Koch did a great job demonstration the Jackson PC1.  Greg got done great spankiní tones out of the DiMarzioís.

Today, I decided to do place a FS1 into the bridge position of a custom ting oiled guitar.  As I was adjusting the pickup the screwdriver fell out of my hand and dented my guitar top.  I wasnít a pleasant moment.  After doing some research I found out that a wet rag and and iron would steam the dent out.  I tried it and it worked!  I lightly sanded the area and re-tung oiled the guitar.  The guitar looks brand new.  All the repairs and refining took 45 minutes.  Tung oiled finishes are the best, IMHO.  So easy to repair.

The Pickup Place / Limited Edition Duncan Hendrix Pickups
« on: July 11, 2019, 01:15:48 pm »
Snake oil on Jimiís reputation.  Obviously, nobody is going to install a collectible commemorative set of pickups.  Jimi had so many strats and who is to say what songs the Duncan sets were used, if at all.

The Pickup Place / Wax Potting vs Lacquer Potting....
« on: July 11, 2019, 12:37:21 pm »
What do you think about lacquer potting? Leo Fender did so in the 1950ís. Is one method better than another?

The Pickup Place / Single Coil Pickup Stagger
« on: July 09, 2019, 06:28:32 pm »
Recently, for a friend,  I was searching for a left handed Fender vintage style strat pickups and noticed that the stagger was different than my FS-1.  Then I realized that Larry DiMarzio's stagger idea for the FSi was genius and I'm not sure why, including other DiMarzio offerings do not have a similar stagger.  On the FS1, only the D & G poles are raised to the same height, the others poles are the same height.  So its a modified vintage stagger, that allows for left handed and right handed guitar model use.  There's no need to create a left-handed model and it saves time and money for the manufacturer.  I've been playing DiMarzio's for so long, that I did not realize the unique difference between the Fender and DiMarzio magnet stagger designs. 

The Pickup Place / Foam under pickups
« on: June 26, 2019, 10:20:46 pm »
Typically, I like to put foam under my FS1ís and my Super Distortion Pickups to prevent feedback .  Today, I played a guitar that donít normally use.  The FS1, screech to no end, the bad high squealing noise.  I wired the pickups to the jack and everything was OK.  I trouble shooter it to the foam under the pickup.  Once I removed the foam, things settled down.  I thought it was unusual.  Iím also going to order compression tubing.  Replacing springs with compression tubing may be a good idea, too.

The Pickup Place / Larry DiMarzio
« on: June 12, 2019, 06:52:11 pm »
I was wondering if Larry DiMarzio still the ďpickup creative guruĒ or has his role diminished to other staff /designers.  I know he does many of the photographs on the site, but he does not offer any behind the scenes of actually making and designing pickups, like Duncan.

The Pickup Place / Capacitors affect your pickup tone even on 10.
« on: June 02, 2019, 07:53:10 pm »
I saw a video that shows how a capacitor on a tone pot affects the pickups tonality even when the pot is on 10.  This is a great video.  Maybe changing you capacitor will make your pickups sound better!?

The Pickup Place / DiMarzio Custom Shop
« on: May 26, 2019, 11:23:18 pm »
Iím not sure why DiMarzio does not have a custom shop for one-offs and limited edition runs of pickups.  I think limited edition runs would be a great concept.

The Pickup Place / Conquering 60 cycle hum
« on: May 19, 2019, 09:04:39 pm »

This is an interesting article.  I wonder if single coil pickup designs and frequency response reduce 60 cycle hum if wound to a specific frequencies.  From my experience, overwound DiMarzio singles have less hum than my Fender vintage wound singles.  Devices like HumX also help with issues.  Luckily, I donít experience electrical 60 cycle hum from the electrical outlets.  I used it years ago and it helped with a problematic guitar.

The Pickup Place / Guitar Pickups Sweet Spot (your experience)
« on: May 18, 2019, 09:49:57 pm »
I prefer DiMarzio true single coil pickups, from my experience 5mm bass side and 4mm treble side works for me.  I use linked paper clips to check magnet strength from the poles on the string.  Paper clips are very helpful in gauging pickup magnetism upon the string.

The Pickup Place / Machine vs Scattered wound vs Hand Wound
« on: May 12, 2019, 05:02:42 pm »
I know that many manufacturers use machines to wind pickups to specific specs for consistent quality and reproduction of a particular pickup design.  Iím confident that DiMarzioís modern day manufacturing process is consistent from pickups if the same model.  I was wondering if DiMarzio scatter wounds pickups by machine and if they mimic hand wound pickups.  Today, people are hung up on hand wound pickups, but Iím sure that each pickup is not an exact match within the same model, regardless if the winds are exact.  I assume that the tension, wire placement on the coil and scatter differences will impact a pickups sound.  Although there are many choices, itís hard to figure out what winding methods are superior to one another.  For example, is a Duncan MJ SSL 5 better than a stock SSL 5?  Is it worth the extra $100 per pickup? 

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