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The Pickup Place / Talk me out of the PAF Master neck
« on: January 25, 2019, 02:35:45 pm »
So I have been littering the forum with questions on a neck 'bucker  for my Ibanez RG550 / basswood/ 24 fret/ Edge trem guitar with a Fred in the bridge and no middle single coil. I wanted a replacement for the Air Norton that was a little too dark for my wants. I wanted clearer wound strings, decent harmonics, and something that sits right on that line of rude and 'tude but still workable for more fluid runs. If it crosses the line slightly it should be towards rude and 'tude.

Dimarzio support was great and suggested an Air Classic neck. "Y'all " have provided some great input, and reading thru other threads has also been great ! Based on reading, youtube videos, and Dimarzio's tone charts I think I want the PAF Master neck.  I looked at the 36th neck as well but it seemed a liitle more polite but still not bad.  The PAF Master neck seemed similar to the PAF Joe but not as hot so I'd have more room to play with pickup height. The attack seemed quicker on the Master neck as well.  The Air Classic sounds great but also maybe a bit polite, and the HFH to be honest I couldn't get a great read on from  youtube. I fell back on Dimarzio's tone chart which I know might not be the end all but the Master neck had more mids per that chart. The HFH is a bit hotter so I don't know how that translates  when comparing the toe charts of the HFH and Master neck.

So I think the Master neck is my choice.  Based on what I want is the a good argument for the HFH or Air Classic? 

youse are the best !

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The Pickup Place / Fred in neck w/Mo Joe in bridge on basswood RG550?
« on: January 04, 2019, 12:17:28 pm »
I currently have a Fred in the bridge of my Ibanez RG 550 and an Air Norton in the neck position. Love the Fred but for what I want to hear the AN in the neck is a bit too thick.  I'd like something brighter and with a bit more bite/snarl/harmonics in the neck.  Since I almost got a Mo Joe for the bridge of this guitar before going with the Fred I thought why not move the Fred to the neck and get a Mo Joe for the bridge. I know the Fred is liked in the neck but usually with higher output bridge pickups. so is the Mo Joe not hot enough to balance out with the Fred? This is a 24 fret guitar so the neck  pup is slightly closer than it would be on a 22 fret ( you know that)  I am ultimately looking for a brighter neck pickup that can get  harmonics as good as the neck position on a 24 fret allows. I play thru a Marshall DSL 40 and play classic rock to '80s metal, fusion, and Satriani tyoe stuff.  I don't need dirt pedals as the DSL 40 has more than enough overdrive for my wants, if that helps. I think the Dimarzios with the "duel resonance " or unbalanced coil designs are maybe what I need. I belive the humbucker from hell also could be a contender if I keep the Fred in the bridge.
Thanks !

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The Pickup Place / splitting humbuckers, will it be half power?
« on: July 20, 2017, 03:27:42 pm »
If a humbucker is split, is it safe to figure the output would be roughly half of it's full serial humbucking power?
As an example, a Breed Bridge is 16.32 kohm -356mV.  If I am trying to match a single coil  to it would I be looking around 8 kohm -170-ish mV?  Also, I know stacked humbuckers for single coil get louder when split, is there some way to guesstimate the split power on those?  And finally, I assume rail humbuckers would follow the same considerations as full sized 'buckers in regards to power when they are split.

I had/have another thread where I was looking for a middle pickup for an HSH with  Breed set. I got some great responses, but I figured I need to know a bit of techie stuff so I can help myself as well. Dimarzio lists the tone guiides for each pickup and while that may not tell the entire story, it certainly is a great start so I need to know how to factor in the other stuff I am asking about.
As always, thank you!!

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Hi all,
I have a RG550 that I plan on putting a set of Breed's in.  Looking for a middle pickup and was thinking an Injector neck. Anyone have experience with the Injector mixed with a Humbucker? I am trying to stick with alnico magnets as the Breed's are A5's.  Open to other suggestions for the middle SS as well. I want to keep the guitar as it was meant to be, a rock machine.  I am not sure what is currently in the middle spot as I bought it used, but pretty sure it wasn't the original. Thanks for your time and any suggestions.

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The Pickup Place / new memeber with RG550 HSH
« on: August 11, 2015, 12:46:41 pm »
Hi everyone, new to the forum. Have been reading and searching around a bit before joining the fun officially.

So I have a late '80s RG550 HSH that I really like a lot for the most part. I have an Air Norton in the neck and the stock pups in middle and bridge.  I played a buddies strat a while back and have an itch for those quack sounds.
I had a couple of ideas that I'd like to throw out here and see if I could get some opinions. My searches and some help from Dimarzio tech support  tell me I can do what I am going to suggest, but I'd like some thoughts on my pickup choices. and if these combinations would even sound good in your opinions.
 
1) I want to move the Air Norton to the bridge, and go with something like a Chopper in the middle and a Satch Track in the neck. I'd get a pick guard cut for HSS.  What I want is to be able to have the sounds of those pickups at full power, then use a 2 way DP switch to basically make the guitar "strat like" when I want that sound.

2) Get a SSS pick guard and put  3 blade single coils in it, but with the same switch to cut the entire axe to single coil operation.  Since I have the Air Norton already, and I hear it splits well that would be my first choice.

I don't play modern metal, classic rock/ hard rock/ 80's metal/fusion type stuff so I don't need a buzz saw.  I have also looked at the Pro Track and some of the other Dimarzio blades. The AN, Chopper, and Satch Track seemed to be a good mix, power wise both straight and split so that  is why I am thinking along that line.

Thanks for reading and any suggestions!

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The Pickup Place / new memeber with RG550 HSH
« on: August 11, 2015, 12:44:17 pm »
Hi everyone, new to the forum. Have been reading and searching around a bit before joining the fun officially.

So I have a late '80s RG550 HSH that I really like a lot for the most part. I have an Air Norton in the neck and the stock pups in middle and bridge.  I played a buddies strat a while back and have an itch for those quack sounds.
I had a couple of ideas that I'd like to throw out here and see if I could get some opinions. My searches and some help from Dimarzio tech support  tell me I can do what I am going to suggest, but I'd like some thoughts on my pickup choices. and if these combinations would even sound good in your opinions.
 
1) I want to move the Air Norton to the bridge, and go with something like a Chopper in the middle and a Satch Track in the neck. I'd get a pick guard cut for HSS.  What I want is to be able to have the sounds of those pickups at full power, then use a 2 way DP switch to basically make the guitar "strat like" when I want that sound.

2) Get a SSS pick guard and put  3 blade single coils in it, but with the same switch to cut the entire axe to single coil operation.  Since I have the Air Norton already, and I hear it splits well that would be my first choice.

I don't play modern metal, classic rock/ hard rock/ 80's metal/fusion type stuff so I don't need a buzz saw.  I have also looked at the Pro Track and some of the other Dimarzio blades. The AN, Chopper, and Satch Track seemed to be a good mix, power wise both straight and split so that  is why I am thinking along that line.

Thanks for reading and any suggestions!

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