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The Pickup Place / Invisible Satch Track
« on: September 02, 2015, 05:27:02 am »
Why are there so few reviews/ comments on this PUP?
Does it suck big time?

The Pickup Place / Air Zone and At-1: swappin' and turnin'.
« on: September 01, 2015, 11:21:26 pm »
Since there hasn't been many posts lately, just letting everybody know I've taken out my AT-1 and put my Air Zone back in (bridge position). Mine's a partscaster, mahogany body with maple top.
I keep swapping between these PUPS, love them both, but wanted to try something new. I've always split the Air Zone to slug coil, as it has a little more output. Even turned it so slug was closest to bridge.
This time I've split to screw coil, and can report that, yes, it is a sweeter sound. Thanks Slugworth, and others, who've pointed this out.

The Pickup Place / Pro Track split produces LESS treble!
« on: August 17, 2015, 07:40:40 am »
Has anyone else experienced this? I've read that it splits quite well, but I expected it to sound single coil-ish, as in thinner and brighter. Thinner yes, brighter, no!

The Trading Post / WTB
« on: July 28, 2015, 11:01:07 pm »
WTB Seymour Duncan little 59 for neck position

The Trading Post / WTB Seymour Duncan little 59 for neck position
« on: July 28, 2015, 10:58:07 pm »
WTB Seymour Duncan little 59 for neck position

The Pickup Place / Anyone tried the Satch Trak?
« on: July 26, 2015, 05:39:05 am »
Would love to read some reviews. I'm really not seeing these for sale much, or written about much

The Pickup Place / Single coil sized neck PUP advice required.
« on: July 07, 2015, 05:17:21 am »
I'm thinking of replacing my neck PUP. I have a 3 PUP Tele style guitar.
I currently have a Seymour Duncan "Hot For Tele" in neck position, with the cover removed. Nice, but I want something a little thicker (more full size humbucker like?), but still with ability to cut through.
I have an AT-1 at bridge, so want something with some balls to keep up with it.
I've tried a Chopper, but didn't have enough "cut" to its sound, sort of indefinite. Same with an Air Norton S. I used one for years, but finally decided it didn't cut through well enough. It was nice with overdrive, but I'm talking clean sound here.
Thinking maybe ProTrack, or, does anyone have experience with the Satch Trak? I believe its a little brighter than the Pro.
Any other suggestions? Go nuts guys.

The Pickup Place / One for the Wiring Gurus
« on: May 19, 2014, 09:31:49 am »
I run my bridge position AT-1 through a switch to split it, using the screw coil. The red and green wires join at the switch and are sent to ground when I want it split. White is hot, black is grounded.
I've put a 5K resistor between earth and the switch, which gives me a little of the slug coil when I split. This warms up the otherwise very thin and bright screw coil. Its a great sound.
I use a HS-2 in middle position, but only the top coil (2 wires). Always ready to experiment, I tried connecting the earth wire of the HS-2 to the same point as the red and green wires, so when the switch is set to single coil, I figured it would also get a little of the slug coil.
    It doesn't work. I even tried removing the green wire in case that is the problem. No dice.
             Can anybody tell me why this doesn't work? Please make it a really complicated explanation, so I don't feel like an idiot.   
            cheers, Bill.

The Pickup Place / just double checking
« on: May 14, 2014, 02:15:56 am »
if I wire a bridge Dimarzio humbucker for single coil, and want the screw coil active (closest to bridge), which is the hot wire? (so I'm not out of phase with rest of Dimarzio pups).

The Pickup Place / Balancing pickup volume
« on: March 14, 2014, 09:04:56 am »
This post isn't specifically about Dimarzio pups, I'm just submitting a few thoughts/ideas.
I had a Fralin Big T in the neck of my Tele. I had hoped it would be sufficiently loud to live happily with the AT-1 bridge pup, at least when AT-1 was in single coil mode.
While the Fralin gives a great, authentic Tele sound, it just didn't balance. I've replaced it with a Seymour Duncan "Hot for Tele" neck pup, not as vintage sounding, but reading around 11K, and still with some Tele vibe.
A bit more body, but still I couldn't cut through when soloing. I'd resort to bridge pickup, even in a country ballad! The neck pup needed more output, and more treble bite.
So what would give me this? I wired a push-pull switch so I could access the neck pup, while bypassing the volume and tone pots. Voila!
Like taking a blanket off the speakers, as they say. I'm very pleased, and hopeful I may have solved my problem. I'll find out next gig.
    To those who will say, why didn't you just throw in a Strat neck pup? No, that's not what I wanted. I actually prefer a Tele in the neck.
What I find interesting, is the close connection between volume, and treble. Without some bite, nothing sounds loud. Hence 2000 watt bass amps, I guess.

Everything you wanted to know about .... / The AT-1
« on: October 25, 2013, 09:31:48 pm »
I've had one of these things in bridge position for a couple of weeks now. Here's my thoughts so far.
It replaced an Airzone, a VERY hard act to follow. Frankly, I was very happy with it, and surprised I removed it. However, I kept reading posts gushing about how the AT-1 had this extra little thing, this "swirl of harmonics" around each note. The specs on the Dimarzio site are pretty similar for both pickups, so I decided to give it a try.
   Please note that I don't play anything much heavier than AC/DC, Gary Moore, stuff like that. I'm primarily interested in clean sound. I play quite a bit of country music. I was a little concerned when I hit that first chord with the AT-1, and realised that one man's "swirl of harmonics" may be another man's "dirt". It was only when I turned the amp up and gigged that I became relieved. No, not dirt, it's character! The Airzone is like the guy everybody likes. Solid, dependable. The At-1 has attitude, you either like it or you don't. I like it a lot. Its more cutting than the Airzone, but in no way brittle. Not QUITE as much bottom end, but still plenty.
              As I said, I need some country twang, and let me say, the AT-1 doesn't split anywhere near as well as the Airzone. From what I've read, NOTHING does, the Airzone is superb in that area. When I tried splitting the AT-1, I was very disappointed, I'd been spoiled. In desperation, I tried it in parallel, and bingo! I've never been a big fan of parallel wiring, but it just works with this thing. There have been moments onstage where I've been wailing away, thinking I'm in series mode, and suddenly realised I'm in parallel, there's nothing thin or artificial about it. You can get satisfying country twang out of it, unless you're a died-in-the wool Tele fanatic.
          So, at the moment, although the Airzone is not yet for sale, I can say that I'm very satisfied with the AT-1. It covers a lot of ground, and does it with style, and some attitude.     Highly recommended.

The Pickup Place / Don't write off the HS-2
« on: October 22, 2013, 10:57:28 pm »
Just put this back in middle position. Ahhhh....satisfying!
In single coil mode, this thing just makes you want to play. Classic Fender clean.
I've seen people talking it down because its low output compared to the Areas (hey, mine's reading 8.5 single coil mode! yeah, I know that's not a reliable output indicator, but still...).
       Sure its old technology and a little noisy, but so are the pickups on those old Fender guitars everyone lusts over. When it comes down to great sound, this thing's got it.
           Highly recommended if clean and quack is your thing.

The Pickup Place / Jim Weider Big T neck pickup
« on: October 17, 2013, 06:06:35 am »
anyone tried this? If its as big and loud as they say, I'd stick it in the neck of my Tele, and see if it competes with the bridge AirZone.

The Pickup Place / Some questions about a Fast Track 2
« on: August 17, 2013, 06:07:19 am »
Hi all, as I mentioned in an earlier post, I've been using a Fast Track 2 split, as a neck pickup.
I was intending to try it in parallel, when I connected it to a multimeter (set to ohms).
Series wiring produced a reading of around 17, so I was expecting a single coil reading around 8.5.
The coil I'd been using read around 6, and the other coil 11.
I know this pup is dual resonance, but isn't that difference somewhat extreme? I've changed over to the other coil, and it sounds somewhat louder and warmer.
Parallel wiring reads around 4, is this normal? I've yet to try it, and this low reading doesn't really encourage me to do so. Do you think it would be brighter, bassier, not as loud?
Also, anyone envisage problems using the coil furthest from the neck?
                             Thanks in advance for your thoughts,

The Pickup Place / Tele Neck Pickup in a Strat?
« on: June 29, 2013, 07:10:21 am »
STILL trying to find a neck position pickup with the sound I want (single coil size). Mainly want a jazz sound that's not too mushy. A nice definite sound that will cut through. Originally had an Air Norton S, but sounds too fat and broad, without cut. Now have a Chopper, and that's closer.
 I was listening to a recording I made a few years ago, using one of those strange guitars Fender put out, the fully acoustic, round-hole with a piezo undersaddle pickup, and a standard Tele neck pickup. It had a bolt on Tele neck. I listened to the sound coming from the Tele neck pickup, and said "that's it!".
  Questions: My guitar is routed for a Strat neck PUP. Will a Tele pickup slot in there? (Pickup screws into the wood, no scratchplate).
  Also, is a Tele neck pickup going to have the power to compete with a bridge Injector (middle position) and Air Zone (bridge position)? If not, any suggestions?
     I realise the pickup isn't going to sound the same in a solid guitar as it did in the acoustic.
                  cheers, Bill.

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