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Hi everyone! After almost a decade playing Seymour Duncan pickups, I decided to switch to Dimarzio to finally have a Super Distortion equipped guitar, and explore other tone options. After failing to nail ''my tone'' with a Transition and later a PAF Master in the neck, I finally got the tone I want with the Super Distortion/PAF Pro combination. It's the real deal!!!

I was just wondering what should be my next in my tone quest!
If I could ''fix'' something, I would like more clarity, attack, and more output of the PAF Pro. Am I crazy?  ;D
The Super Distortion is perfect as it's. I would like something in that same vein.

Here's my guitar! :D

PS. The Super Distortion/PAF Pro combo ain't going anywhere. Just would like to brainstorm ideas for the future!

The mini bar (off topic & misc) / What Are You Listening To?
« on: March 01, 2019, 10:28:12 am »
Thought it would be a cool idea to share what music we are listening or digging at the moment.
I'm hooked with Gary Clark Jr. latest album: This Land.
He's definitely improving with each album, and leaving a mark in music history. I like how the way he mixes up and fusions many styles of music. :)

Phil Collen's (Def Leppard, Man Raze & Delta Deep) first signature pickup, the DP426 Sugar Chakra is now available ONLINE!

It seems that it's a bridge pickup, available in all colors with Black, Nickel or Gold Rails options!
Feel free to check it out, and review it here on the forum!  :D

Now, If I just had a SSS guitar... ;D

The Pickup Place / Which neck pickup should I go for now?
« on: January 19, 2019, 12:02:01 am »
Hi there!
As some may know, I actually have a Gibson Flying V with a Dimarzio Super Distortion + PAF Master (neck) combination. It's the second bridge pickup I install on this guitar, and I'm going now for the 4th neck pickup installed on this guitar.

It's a long story, but this has been the situation. Guitar was bought with faulty active electronics, transformed into passive, had a APH-2 (Slash Alnico II Pro) Set installed, removed due to low output and unbalanced tone due to having one tone knob. Began a new phase with a Dimarzio Super Distortion and a Transition neck pickup. Had a love/hate relationship with both pickups, liking (and disliking) different things about them, but after some time I decided that the Super Distortion was going to stay, and the Transition had to go. Why?

Transition Neck
Took high gain like a champ. Not a pushover!
Amazing Slash creamy tones while overdriven. Very nice output level

I hated the clean/ceramic/lifeless tones.
Too modern hi-fi sounding compared to the hot vintage/classic high gain tone of the Super Distortion.
Too damn boomy, and dark sounding compared to the Super Distortion
Too smooth, without much ''attack''.

Then after the curiosity attacked, I decided I wanted to get the hell out (away) from ceramic neck pickups, back into Alnico V magnet pickups. Those are the ones that mostly ''work for me''. After almost deciding for the PAF36, I pulled the trigger on the PAF Master (Neck) Pickup Model.

This one has a very clear tone I like, very responsive to volume controls, and can keep up with the clarity of the Super Distortion very well (with only one tone knob). But while it's a very nice pickup, I do plan to remove it from this guitar, and store it for another project. The reason? There are some things that I do need that this pickup (or any other) haven't fulfilled yet in the neck position.

I do need more output (to overdrive/distort faster), more ''smoothness'' (the PAF Master can be on ''Full On Attack Mode''), and more bass without turning muddy, dark, and going into BOOM city. I use a Blackstar HT-40, an amp that has a ''tone knob'', but no bass, treble or mids control for the clean channel. That's why I need something to fill that void correctly.

I'm gettings lots and lots of recommendations but Dimarzio, Darth Phineas, and my former guitar tech recommended the PAF Pro for the neck position of my guitar.  My mind says PAF36th (DP103), and has the PAF Pro as second choice.   I do know about the PAF59's from Dimarzio, but I do plan to test them in the future, just not on this Super Distortion equipped guitar.

Which should be the next pickup I should go for?
I'll await your replies!

The Trading Post / FS: Dimarzio Transition (NECK) DP254N
« on: November 21, 2018, 01:53:27 pm »

Please INBOX for more photos and purchase information!

Hello there!
I was just wondering if a PAF Master (neck) pickup would match a Super Distortion in the bridge? A year and a half ago, I went over to the Dimarzio side, and started with a Dimarzio Super Distortion in the bridge + a Transition (neck) in the neck. Since I have it on a mahogany Gibson Flying V, I only have a tone knob in the guitar. While I love the Super Distortion, I can't say the same thing about the Transition. It feels like ''another bridge pickup but in the neck''.  My ears are asking for something clear, bright, not so bass heavy, muddy or dark in that position, that could hold his own with the Super Distortion, but provide me a vintage experience at the same time.  My SH-5/59n' Seymour Duncan equipped guitar is one of the best, and if DC Resistance is an indicator of something, there would be less difference pairing a Super Distortion with a PAF Master (neck) than a SH-5/59n'.

I have gotten Super2, PAF Pro and PAF36 recommendations, but no PAF Master recommendations. I read that it's an underpowered pickup or something. Just would like to know your opinions on the subject. This guitar gets bass heavy on the neck, maybe something tamer on the department would do the trick.

Hello there!
Have any of the pickups mentioned above? I'm looking something to replace match my Dimarzio Super Distortion (bridge) in my Flying V. I imagine the PAF (Original), PAF36th, PAF PRO or PAF Master could do the trick.  I'm searching for them on nickel!    Have one on mint/excellent condition for sale?

Let me know!  Zebra colored could also be considered*

The Pickup Place / Trying to Decide Which Pickups To Pick for my Flying V.
« on: November 21, 2017, 01:23:36 am »
Hello everyone!
I'm about to buy some new pickups for my Gibson Flying V that has an Alnico II Pro (Slash) set installed.
I'm having some issues with that guitar. While I do like the good cleans, it takes too much time (loud) to get to the ''good tones''. Also! Both pickups are unmatched. I like to play with the tone knob rolled for a ''mellower'' (but really clean/bright) sound. The APH-2 neck provides a good sound, but sometimes I feel it's to bassy/bright. At the same spot, the bridge pickups gets muddy and doesn't have the output, rawness, and ''life'' I need; that it happens to get when the tone knob gets at 5-6 (totally changing the character of the guitar).   This wouldn't be a problem with a two tone/ two volume guitar, but mine has only one tone knob/2 volume.  I would like to have something balanced that changes dynamics at the same time, meaning toggling neck/bridge without having any kind of tone mismatch. I have a SH-5/59n combination on one of my guitars that does that job perfectly, but I would like something different this time.  I also would like to have more output on the bridge position, and a lil' more on the neck.

I had a great experience with the Super Distortion once, so in my mind it's the one to get. This will be my first Dimarzio purchase. Now I'm thinking which route should I go. I have asked several pros about it and have different answers

Super Distortion/ PAF36 DP103
Super Distortion/ Paf PRO
Super Distortion/ Transition neck
Super Distortion/Illuminator neck

I have considered other full set combinations like the Dimarzio 59's, the PAF 36's and the Transition.

I really don't know which way to go yet.

My amp is a Blackstar HT-40. I get my main distortion from the amp, light OD (for at the point of break-up) sounds.

I hope you can help me make the best choice.
Thank you!

PS. Just in case, the main problems are:
#1 Tone unmatched (need a combination that there's not much difference between pickups at the time of toggling = no need to use the tone knob all the time except for solos)

#2 Want more output in the bridge. The neck could use a little more.
#3 Fuller sound in the bridge. Not farty,boomy neck but with good bass
#4 Would love a RAW Rock sounding bridge pickup and a neck pickup that can keep up.  I like soulful leads. Can solo, but can't play fast aka ''shred''.

Feel free to ask any questions!

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