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The Trading Post / FS - Bill Lawrence L500 L
« on: August 02, 2009, 03:54:28 pm »
Pickup is in excellent condition. This is an authentic Bill Lawrence pickup with his signature on back. In other words, it isn't one of those fakes. Works perfectly and has plenty of wire length for installation. I also have the wiring diagram that came with it.

I am willing to sell for $50 plus shipping.


The Trading Post / FS - 2 Dimarzio PAF Pro pickups, Black, F Spaced
« on: August 02, 2009, 03:48:15 pm »
I have two PAF Pros in excellent condition. I don't have the boxes. Each has plenty of wiring for installation. Each works perfectly.

I am willing to sell each for $62 plus shipping.


The Trading Post / FS - Dimarzio D Sonic, Black, F Spaced
« on: August 02, 2009, 03:42:41 pm »
This pickup is pretty much in brand new condition. I bought it this past March (2009), installed it, decided it wasn't for me and unintalled it. It has sat in a clean, dust free environment ever since. There is plenty of wire length for any imaginable install.  I don't have the original box.

I am willing to sell for $70 plus shipping.


The Trading Post / FS - Dimarzio Evolution Bridge, Black, F Spaced
« on: August 02, 2009, 03:34:12 pm »
This pickup is in very good condition. A couple of the pole pieces are showing some rust. The pickup functions perfectly. I don't have the original box or the installation screws. There is plenty of wire length for installation.

Willing to sell for $50 plus shipping. I looked on ebay and amazon and that is lower than anyone is selling. So this is certainly a good deal!


The Pickup Place / Hex screws for Evolution Bridge?
« on: August 02, 2009, 01:38:47 pm »
Just wondering what the specs are for these hex screws. Also, can anyone recommend a place to buy them online?



The Pickup Place / Does this mean my ToneZone is bad?
« on: February 24, 2009, 11:04:33 pm »
I installed a ToneZone. It sounded pretty damn good but when wired in parallel mode it is just as noisy as doing a coil cut. So I measured the DC resistance between various leads.

Here is what I got:

9.22 K between red and black. No other wire pairing produced any resistance!!

I did the same thing for a Steve's Special. It mesaured 5.61 K between red and black and 12.24 between green and white. Those total to 17.85 which is quite close to the advertised spec of 17.88 DC resistance.

ToneZone is supposed to have 17.31 K total.

So I don't know what to make of this. It sort of suggests that only one coil is good but when wired in series the pickup sounds pretty hot and there is no hum.

Can someone help me solve this riddle?



The Pickup Place / Why are my pickups noisy?
« on: February 24, 2009, 02:19:59 am »
I got my guitar wired up with D Sonic and PAF Pro. I have the PAF Pro installed with the wires on the side towards the bridge. The D Sonic is installed with the blades facing the neck (which means the wires are coming out on the side towards the neck).

I wired it as shown in the diagram here:

Everything sounds great, but the parallel configurations are quite noisy. About as noisy as a coil cut. Also, the 5th setting (inner coils) is quite noisy. I know technically they are not inner coils because of how the pickups are placed (should I flip the neck pickup?) but since the setting has one pickup’s north coil parallel with the other pickup’s south coil, shouldn’t it still be fairly silent?

Anyway, just curious if anyone sees anything in the diagram that would explain noise… The noise is a combination of hum and static. I used a continuity tested and confirmed that everything is switching properly.



The Pickup Place / How to identify north vs south coils on humbucker?
« on: February 21, 2009, 02:07:43 am »
I just received a D Sonic, Steve's Special and Fred.  How can I tell which coils are what? For instance, on the D Sonic, is the blade side north or south?



The Pickup Place / How to bypass volume and tone controls?
« on: February 21, 2009, 01:45:44 am »
Ok, I think I figured something out.

Check this out:

Push/pull 1 is a coil cut switch that cuts both pickups simultaneously. The 4 pole 3 way switch is what the guitar came with.

This should work as

Push/pull 1 down*
1 Bridge series
2 Bridge series parallel w/ neck series
3 Neck Series

Push/pull 1 up*
1 Bridge north coil
2 Bridge north coil parallel w/ neck  south coil
3 Neck south coil

And then push/pull 2 when pulled up should bypass the volume and tone controls sending the pickup outputs for each of the settings above straight to the output jack.

But I am not sure about this. Can anyone tell me if this will work?



The Pickup Place / Pickup orientation? Does it matter?
« on: February 20, 2009, 08:14:27 pm »
Basically I have two questions.

1) When it comes to wiring a humbucker in series, though Dimarzio says red is hot, and black and white are common, does it really matter if instead you take white as hot and red and green as common? I can't imagine that making a difference.

2) Also, does the orintation of the pickup matter? I mean regardless of where the north and south poles of the pickup are oriented (facing bridge versus neck) all that matters in terms of hum cancelling is the electrical conenctions, riight (i.e. simply combine opposite poles of two humbuckers to get a hum cancelling config - some people call this inner or outer coils but the word inner or outer refers to the orientation. I mean if you had pickups oriented a certain way, the inner coils would both be north (or south) in which case you would get hum!

Anyway, just trying to get this straight.

And then I was reading something about dual resonance pickups and the orientation truly mattering... In that case, does using white verssu red as the hot lead also have a difference?



The Pickup Place / When is grounding necessary?
« on: February 20, 2009, 08:06:03 pm »
Say you have two humbuckers. Say each has 4 conductor wiring. Say you want to switch one of them on. What does that imply for the pickup that isn't being used in that pickup selector position? Do any of those pickup's wires have to be grounded? The reason I ask is because in my Ibanez RG2820, there is a 3 way switch. When it switches on the bridge pickup, it grounds the white and black wires of the neck. But I don't see why that is even necessary. Seems like since the neck pickup's hot lead is disconnected from the volume control, the grounding of its white and black is a moot point...

I want to make sure I understand this since I am about to do some fairly elaborate rewiring...



The Pickup Place / Please confirm this dual humbucker wiring!
« on: February 12, 2009, 01:20:17 am »
I am getting a guitar with a 5 way megaswitch and push/pull. I want the following:

- Neck series
- Neck parallel
- Neck cut
- Bridge series
- Bridge parallel
- Bridge cut
- Neck series parallel with bridge series
- Inner coils in parallel

I think I figured out a way to get that with the 5 way and push/pull.

Can someone tell me if this is correct:



The Pickup Place / What is normal wiring for volume/tone controls?
« on: January 29, 2009, 04:49:13 pm »
I just looked inside my Carvin DC127 guitar (with 2 humbuckers) and noticed that the wiring for the tone and volume controls looks like no standard wiring I have seen. I made a diagram here:

Notice how the tone capacitor is connected. I thought these caps were supposed to go to ground?

Also, I see lots of differences in how volume tone pots are connected.

Here, we see volume input connected to middle of tone pot and tone cqapacitor conencted to input terminal (then to ground)

Seymour Duncan is sort of opposite and has volume input connected to tone pot's input and tone capacitor connected to middle terminal (then to ground).

And then at this great site, most of the diagrams have volume and tone inputs connected and then tone cap connected at middle terminal then to ground (which I suppose is like Seymour Duncan):

Just trying to wrap my mind around these differences so I can figure out how to wire up one of my guitars. THe most confusing thing is the way the tone cap is connected on my Carvin...



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