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Hi guys -

Superstrat guitar (Cort G290) that is HSS.  Has a 36th bridge with 2 Area 58s in neck and middle.

When I switch to bridge, I feel like the tone changes fundamentally more than I wish.  The 36th bridge is quite midrangey relative to the high end.  To me, it is not blending nicely with the singles.

I am considering changing to a 36th Neck or a PAF Pro for the bridge slot.

I play everything, mostly pop-rock or classic rock, into a piece of Fractal gear through front of house or a FRFR rig.



The Trading Post / WTB: Dimarzio PAF Master Neck
« on: November 07, 2017, 10:30:19 am »
Hi Everyone,

Looking for a DiMarzio PAF Master Neck.  Black.  Can be regular or F-spacing.


The Pickup Place / Need a Dimarzio neck humbucker with bite under gain
« on: March 17, 2017, 05:47:51 pm »
Hi All,

Yamaha RGX820z. 250k controls. Plays like buttah.

Came with JB and 59n. Didn't like. Replaced with MoJoe and PAF Joe that sounded OK in it, but I didn't like the "fake" harmonics that came with those pickups. I sent them back for an Air Norton in the bridge and an Air Classic Neck. AN bridge worked well, but Air Classic sounded too soft with gain, not enough attack and bite. I have a Norton that I bought some years ago from someone on the forum, and would like to put it in bridge eventually.

While every bridge pickup in that guitar has sounded good (except for a JB), every neck pickup has sounded either boomy/wooly, weak, slow, etc. Even the with a magnet swap, a 59N with A4 magnet sounds a tad mushy. So far, whenever I have found something in the neck that is bright enough, it sounds weak under gain.

So I am looking for a neck pickup that wounds somewhat clear when clean and has bite with gain.  Thanks.

The Pickup Place / Pots for Breed set?
« on: March 07, 2012, 02:40:20 pm »
Want to try a breed set for a 2HB superstrat.  This one has a 250k tone and 500k volume.  Should I switch the 250k to a 500k?

The Pickup Place / What pickup for Maple on Agathis?
« on: February 16, 2012, 10:50:33 pm »
OK, so the third guitar I ever bought is a Cort Matt Guitar Murphy that I found on ebay. 24.75 scale, TOM bridge, beautiful looking guitar (amber quilt), but is maple on agathis and is a really bright guitar, despite being a shorter scale guitar.

I'd like some pickup recs for this 2 HB guitar to darken it up a bit. I am thinking A2 pickups.

It plays really well, and is a looker, great action. Want to turn it around instead of getting rid of it.

I play versatile stuff, lots of everything, except metal. Mostly a classic rock and pop approach to my music. Thanks.

The Pickup Place / Anyone ever un-VV a PAFJoe
« on: January 28, 2012, 09:05:39 pm »
I had a paf joe at one point, but I didn't like the fact that the high e-string had less treble because of what the VV technology does to it.  Otherwise, I liked the sound.

Would removing the extra screws/pole pieces from the bobbins take away the "tubular" tone imparted by the VV technology, bringing back the highs in the attack of the high E-string?

The Pickup Place / Thickening up thin body alder superstrat
« on: January 28, 2012, 05:06:58 am »
Yamaha 820z. Came with JB/59n which I could never get to eq well for me. The guitar has a 250k tone pot.

I went with a Moe Joe/PAF Joe. Didn't like either, DZ replaced at my request with Air Norton bridge and Air classic neck. Played with these for a year and I am presently wanting something higher output, not necessarily middier than tha air norton. I like my neck pups on the thinner side - must have some sparkle, and the bridge should have some snarl when overdriven. Versatility is a must!

Here are some thoughts, and I wonder what y'all think. The proposed neck pup is in brackets.

Important is that the two pickups EQ well together.

Norton [36 neck]
Air Zone [Air Norton]
AT-1 [36 neck] - recommended by Chris at Dimarzio
De-aired AT-1 [half aired AN] Axis pickup set - love the sound of these
L-465 [465 neck] Lawrence pickups I have that may not thicken
Duncan C8 or UOA5 [59, Jazz]
Duncan 59-A8 or UOA5 [59, Jazz]
Breed set
PG set
498T [490R c A5 swap]
JB [Jazz]


(PS, I know what Ed thinks!!)

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