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Ibanez vlx91 switch with an on/off for the single coil.
You get.
Bridge bucker
Inner coils parallel
Both buckers
Neck bucker parallel
Neck bucker

Plus adding the single coil to all those.

After wiring and playing my guitars with swiss army knife switching, I realized why most of that stuff is not on factory guitars.
Too complicated
Too much overlap
Potential to sound like crap
Too much to remember on the fly.

Strats with 7way switching, the wiring above, or a standard 2v2t 1 3way les paul setup are all I need these days

The Pickup Place / Re: Recommendation for S-H guitar?
« on: October 09, 2019, 09:01:34 pm »
I have an air Norton s in an ibanez HS.  I like it better than the full sized version. It parallels well too.

I like the norton alot, but the air zone or tone zone makes the eq easier to balance with the air norton s

The Pickup Place / Re: Plz tell me about the Air Norton S
« on: July 06, 2019, 05:39:32 pm »
It is probably the closest single coil sized humbucker to it's full sized counterpart.

I have an air Norton in my rg520qs and an ANs in my rg3xxv (HS config like yours)

The ANs is about the same output as the AN.

The ANs is a bit brighter and tighter, but still not what I would call a bright pickup.  More warm but clear. 

I have only used it in this guitar and love it. It may be to warm/ muddy for a 22fret neck position.  24 feet is great.

Since I like the Norton in the bridge, I wouldn't hesitate to use it there too.

The Pickup Place / Re: Ultimate Strat Sound Rail Pickup Configuration?
« on: April 19, 2019, 12:19:53 am »
50 k is the volume pot.  Powered, low impedance systems need the 50k ( or 25k)

The Clapton setup uses:
A 50 k volume pot.
A 250k/1meg tbx tone control (can also be a regular 250 or 500k tone pot)
A 250k LINEAR taper pot for the midboost.

I believe the dimarzio rails are designed to work with the standard 250k pots that come in strats, so you should be good to go with what you have.

The Pickup Place / Re: Recommend me some pickups
« on: July 11, 2018, 02:11:13 pm »
Titans you say? 

Lemme  heck those out.


The Pickup Place / Recommend me some pickups
« on: July 09, 2018, 03:39:17 pm »
Hi guys, I am looking for a set of pickups for an esp Ltd eclipse (les paul basically). I have one with a pair of 36th anniversaries in it.  The other has the stock POS still in it.

First off, I love everything about the 36s.
What I am looking for is the next step or two hotter for the bridge pickup.  I want to cover some harder rock and older school metal type of stuff.

I will most likely put some sort of paf type neck pickup in it.

Thanks in advance.

SD fill shred.  Tighter than tight.

The Pickup Place / Re: Pickup recommendation for an RG565
« on: June 18, 2017, 03:53:45 pm »
I have an rg3xxv, which is sorta the reissue of your rg565.

It came with an air Norton s/ d'activator  combo.  Those coupled with the unique Ibanez switching have never given me a reason to switch them.  All I did was add a treble bleed.  The air Norton s sounds great in parallel.  Inner coils sound very fender, sort of a mix of position 2 and 4 on a strat.

I love the versatility of this setup and I don't even play metal.  I know, a shame right?

The Pickup Place / Re: Dimarzio comparable to Carvin H22?
« on: February 07, 2016, 01:15:28 am »
I've nothing to add.

I just dropped in to say that the h22 pickups are pretty darned nice.  I have a set that went in my rg520qs for a while and sounded killer.

Why not just pick up another h22t?

Loud and still bright sounds like harmonic design vintage plus.  They are as loud as a standard output bucker.  They add some bass and mids to the usual strat bright.

The Pickup Place / Re: Crunch Lab or Dominion?
« on: June 17, 2015, 06:59:45 pm »
I have an rg3xxv, which is the quasi reissue if the 565.  It has a d'activator/air Norton s combo

I actually like the air Norton s better than the regular one. 

The DActivator bridge matches really well with it and is an amazing metal pickup. 

Since I run my amp in triode mode, the bright and articulate tone works with the squishy, less bright amp tone I have.

It want to try an air zone and a Norton in her eventually though. The dominion sounds interesting too.  The breed as well.

I want another Rg3xxv so I can put a lower output bucker in the bridge and a true single coil in the neck for a more classic rock vibe

The Pickup Place / Re: NGD and NPD
« on: April 03, 2015, 08:41:26 pm »
Thanks for responding Cory. I did some tweaking and.......

I fully retract my previous post.  I can be a dumbass sometimes. This is one such time. 

My problem was my rat pedal!! 
It was giving me a great legato sound on the ANS, but was causing the muddy low e string.

I guess I didn't notice the loose bottom end on the d-activator because of it's tightness. Mr rat was also giving me a gritty high end as well.

What is funny is that the air Norton did not get the high end boost that the d-act did. Weird.

My solution was my venerable ts9!
All I can say is ..........holy s**t!

The ts9 tightened up the lows on both pickups. I lost some fluidity from the ANS, but gained a really balanced sound in the bridge. Ts9 also lends a vintage type of feel vs the rat. No more sterility and dryness.
This is seriously my new favorite set of pickups.

I can't believe that my full shred set sounds dull and loose in comparison.

A valuable lesson learned.

The Pickup Place / NGD and NPD
« on: April 03, 2015, 12:24:44 am »
Hey guys, I just picked up an ibanez rg3xxv recently. Great guitar BTW!!

It is the one that comes with the air Norton s/ d-activator setup. 

First, my likes

Everything I liked about the air Norton is there and then some with the single coil version It seems as if the closer spaced coils eliminate some of the mud I found in the regular version?
With that said, my low e string is a bit muddy and I wouldn't mind just a touch more top end (I would be happy with the amount of treble from the parallel mode when it is series.

The d-activator is unreal!  Before I played it, I didn't know there was anything tighter that a Duncan full shred. Well, I do now.  What is surprising is how nicely it cleans up when you lower it down away from the strings and/or lower the volume pot. 
With this one, I love the actual eq, but I find it a little too dry. ( i play with my amp set on triode mode, so tighter, brighter pickups work well for me)

Now, I could solve this a few ways:

1. I could swap the d-act for something like an airzone and boost the treble/cut the bass on my amp. This would help me with the ANS

2. I could swap the neck pickup for something that balances (similarly eq'd) with the d-act.

I play all kinds of rock from the Zeppelin and rush to megadeth and Metallica type metal.

What do you guys suggest?

The Pickup Place / Re: Why I will not buy another new Dimarzio
« on: March 03, 2015, 08:07:38 pm »
Maybe try calling them? 
I get more info, quicker that way.

It is a lot quicker to talk than to type a long winded email response.

And what if you have questions?

More emails.

Email is like texting, you place your hope and trust in the other person actually responding.
Make a call and they have to either answer or hang up.

I vote for the norton/air norton combo. I used to run that combo in my mahogany rg520. I swapped them for a set of carvin h22s.

I have a set of full shreds in my rg921 that fit the bill too. 

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