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The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio D Activator X Question
« on: October 20, 2019, 12:32:10 pm »
I had mine level with the pickup rings on my Explorer because they were making my amp sound kinda blown out. It was the same output more or less as the Gibson pickups it had originally, so medium-hot rock pickup output.

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The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio or Fluence
« on: October 16, 2019, 01:54:23 am »
Passive into Blackouts pre, blackouts pre and Fluence into switch.

Yeah, honestly I'd love to think I could get the two pickup families to work together properly rather than cordon them off from each other. I'd love to hear what the Fluence Modern bridge with Tone Zone S sound like together.

But what happens when two pre-amped signals meet each other at the switch? You're talking about wiring two preamps in parallel? Can you even do that without a mixer?

I think I'd have to run the Fluence into the Blackout Pre. Run them in series.

I feel like this is where it gets dicey, and it's what made me want to look into passive high-output bridge pickups in the first place. Ultimately I feel like that would be the path of least resistance.
The two preamps running in parallel don't affect each other - the Blackouts pre takes high-impedance passive pickup signals and converts them to low-impedance active signals (it does some other stuff too but for your purposes that's the part that matters). The mixer in this case is the switch - either pickup at 100%, or both in parallel (at a percentage corresponding to the output of each pickup). Wiring them in series would be problematic - in parallel they don't really interact.
Dicey, yes. It's an unconventional setup that most people don't go through the trouble of dealing with, which is why there's no plug-and-play or specialized hardware to make it easy, but it's not impossible or finicky by any standard - there's some hoops to jump through, but as long as you understand the problems you'll have, it's easy to work with.
The Bartolini Adjustable Gain Buffer https://bartolini.net/product/agb/ is probably the easiest - it'll convert your signal to low-impedance and let you balance the output with an active pickup. It's also meant to be put inside the instrument, not as one of the controls.
The Blackouts Preamp is meant to take a full set of passive pickups and convert them to active pickups - it does some stuff tonally, bumps up the output, adds compression, and has a specific wiring scheme to increase noise cancellation with humbuckers. It can be wired to do it, and I think might tonally make the pickups mesh a little better, but it's more of a hassle with mounting and stuff.

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The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio or Fluence
« on: October 15, 2019, 09:19:26 pm »
If you have a 3-way toggle you could run a Duncan Blackouts preamp

Considering that the Fluence has its own preamp baked into the pickup itself, I'd still have to wire up the passives to the Blackout pre and have the fluence bypass it, or i'd be in double-preamp land which sounds like a bad time. Right? Maybe I'm wrong tho.

I'd rather save 70 bucks and just wire the passives as regular passives tbh.

I wish I had an HH guitar, then I'd just go Fluence all the way. But I have what I have.

Passive into Blackouts pre, blackouts pre and Fluence into switch.

Yeah it's kind of a pain and more expensive than going for either/or but a preamp is really the only way to make them play nice together.

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The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio or Fluence
« on: October 15, 2019, 04:36:39 pm »
If you have a 3-way toggle you could run a Duncan Blackouts preamp - it's its own pot, so you'd need 2 volumes or some way to attach it in your control cavity while it's rolled all the way up before running it to the switch.

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The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio or Fluence
« on: October 15, 2019, 02:16:08 pm »
You could use some kind of active preamp with your passive pickups to bring them up to level and impedance - I think Bartolini has one, so that might work for you.

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The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio D Activator X Question
« on: October 12, 2019, 04:14:12 pm »
The D-Act X uses blades, so there's no poles to line up. You'll be fine.
If you need to get a pickup with pole pieces, PRS uses a 52mm spacing - a bit wider than old-school Gibsons (50mm IIRC), a bit less than F-spaced (53mm). I'd go F-spaced for the bridge and standard for the neck just for coverage, but either will work.

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Guitar Lounge / Re: Thoughts and Opinions on Yamaha?
« on: October 08, 2019, 08:31:42 pm »
I dunno, Yamaha electrics have always felt to me like a bunch of parts stuck together, not an organic whole. Their tone, while not bad, has no real personality. Like a guitar built by engineers with no real guitar player input.
I mean yeah but they're built like tanks generally. A buddy had his amp fall on his Revstar and the guitar just had a finish ding.

WARNING: please please please don't try this at home though. Just because you can theoretically get away with it doesn't mean you should do it.

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The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio or Fluence
« on: October 03, 2019, 03:46:54 pm »
Yeah if you want something lower output using a neck pickup in the bridge is a pretty good pick (and if you're a fan of the EMG 60 using that same pickup in the neck wired in parallel works pretty well).

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The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio or Fluence
« on: October 02, 2019, 04:02:31 pm »
The D-activator and D-activator X will be the closest things in the catalog to voice 1 of the Fluence moderns, and either something like the Tone Zone or Dominion would be closest to voice 2.

If you want EMG 81-like, the D-activators (standard is very bright and lean on the bass, X is more 85-ish with good low-mids to high-mids push) will probably be your best bet.

If you want to try something with the SS before you ditch it, try either a TS-type OD with a lot of mids or an OD with a mid control to push your amp - you get some really cool sounds with a scoopy pickup and a middy OD.

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Hmm I think you need to swap the active coil on the bridge autosplit and/or reverse the bridge pickup magnet. For noise cancelling, you need to have two coils that are reverse-wound and reverse-polarity, but I'm not sure which would be your problem. Try swapping the active bridge pickup coil when you combine it with the middle, because it's easier, but if it doesn't help you might need to pop the pickup open and reverse the magnet.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Pickup suggestions please!
« on: September 28, 2019, 08:02:33 pm »
I think of those the X2N would work, but it's a pretty wild pickup to play. The others, for my money, I don't think would be as aggressive as you want. The Super Distortion I find kinda muffled on the treble, and the Super 3 is super midrangey and honky. The AT-1 is IMO way too tame for what you want, and the Igno is super new and most people here haven't tried it - I'm pretty big into Polyphia's music (the Igno is Scotty LePage's signature pickup) and again I don't know if it would work for you.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Pickup suggestions please!
« on: September 25, 2019, 08:00:03 pm »
Okay lessee. . .

The Dominion is probably gonna be a pretty good fit. Check out any of the post-2012 Lamb of God albums to hear Mark Morton playing them, and they're in Drop D too.

The Transition set would work but if you want a more aggressive sound you'll have to pick pretty hard, so YMMV depending on your picking technique.

The Norton/Air Norton would be a pretty good combo that would cut through the mix well. Someone here on the forum has a sig saying that the Norton makes your guitar sound like a mongoose on meth flying a fighter jet, so I doubt you'd have problems with it. The AN is a good contrast because it's a lot warmer, with some really jazzy cleans and a midrange that would work well for bluesy stuff.

The Gravity Storm set I think might work for you, but again, I wouldn't recommend getting a set without trying them out first. The blue floral JEM came with them, if you can find one near you.

I'd personally say avoid the Titan because it's a pickup that needs you to be super on top of your picking technique, so if you want aggressive, much like the Transition, you need to play hard all the time. It's also maybe a little thin for the kind of tones you seem to be looking for. As for the Illuminator set, I just find it kinda flat unless you have a very specific rig like JP and it's generally underwhelmed me outside of a JP sig EBMM into a Mesa amp.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Pickup suggestions please!
« on: September 25, 2019, 01:25:35 am »
Well, give us a couple of things to help you narrow it down:

Vintage, modern, or in-between?

Aggressive or controlled?

Bright, warm, or dark?

Hot, middle-of-the-road, or low output?

Middy, even, or scooped?

Smooth or crunchy?

Punchy or more laid back?

Do you want tightness from the pickup or from your picking technique?

Do you want something that will saturate nicely with a light touch or something that you need to play hard to push?

Are cleans important?

Do you play lead/rhythm on the neck, bridge, or both?

Are coil splits important?

The more information you can give us on what you're looking for, the more specific we can help you get.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Pickup suggestions please!
« on: September 24, 2019, 01:57:46 pm »
The Dominion is a good call. I'd suggest the Transition set if you want something a little more controlled, a Norton/Air Norton if you want something more old-school, or the Gravity Storms if you want something more modern - I will say though see if you can find a blue floral JEM to try them in, 'cause they're kinda different-feeling to play and have a pretty unique sound.

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The Pickup Place / Re: "22 fret sounding" neck humbucker for 24 fret guitar
« on: September 24, 2019, 02:20:09 am »
thank you for your reply

Currently the guitar is sent to my tech and i planned to have air norton that i have lying around fitted. My only gripe is, the color, its red and black, no doubt it'll look terrible  :madness: ;D

yeah, when i listened to paf pro demos again, i think it will still be too bright for this guitar, although it might add some thickness to it. I heard Paf joe is quite bright as well, some say its one of the brightest although the attack is dull/warmer. the bluesbucker is a good concept but in the end like you said, its sounds like a single coil, i need a humbucker sound.

I dont actually like Vai type of sound, and dont really care for vai's pickup prior to reading its specs. But ater reading that its actually PAF based, im somewhat intrigued. My worry is it'll be too dark/mushy, but then i never tried the pickup nor arethere a decent demo out there (of other people except vai)

Transition and air classic are interesting (though air classic might be too low of an output for me/thin, it does sound single coil "ish"). I've tried steve morse PU b4. Its ok, not impressed, very round, not for me.

other than mentioned above what about the other modern offerings? like titan, imperium, rainmaker, gravity storm etc?

If you think the Breed will be too mushy, the Dominion set (Mark Morton's sig) is based on the Breed but with a ceramic magnet, a little tighter, and a little more push and output.

The PAF Joe is bright in the sense that it's not a super low-end heavy pickup, but when you mentioned tubular that's the first one I thought of. It'll be bright enough to be articulate, but it's made for a smooth lead tone.

If you don't want bright, you probably don't want the Titan or Imperium. The Titan is really bright and clear, with a super focused upper midrange, and is really good at that modern prog djenty vibe. I like them, but I like brightness. The Imperium is made for Drop C and lower and is a very particular pickup in that it just plays kinda weird, really elasticky and bouncy. The folks over at sevenstring.org weren't super impressed with it, and I haven't heard much about it outside of there.

The Gravity Storm set is actually one of my favorite Dimarzio combos, but again, it's a very particular pickup. If you can get your hands on one of the blue floral JEMs to try, they come with a GS set. The bridge is super fat and muscular, and the neck is a lot brighter but in a way that just compensates for the neck position, so switching between the two works really well in that whatever tone sounds good with one will also sound good with the other. They're definitely not 22-fret sounding, though, really modern, articulate, and snappy.

The Rainmaker is kinda meh to me to be honest. All of the JP pickups have been different spices on the same basic dish - they sound killer in his EBMMs through a Mesa or a similar amp, but I've been incredibly unfazed and underwhelmed when I've tried them in any other setup. In an EBMM through a Marshall they're boxy and nasal (Illuminators or the Sonic Ecstasy set), through an H&K like mine they're flat and lack punch (Illuminators and Crunch Lab/Liquifire), and the set of Illuminators a buddy had in a mahogany/walnut tele was too tubby through basically everything. JP's got a very dialed-in rig so it all works really nicely (and a Majesty through a Mark V is crazy good) but when you start messing with the variables it gets weird and unpleasant pretty fast IMO.

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