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The Pickup Place / Re: pickups for evh wolfgang japan 2010
« on: July 24, 2017, 05:04:39 am »
Years and years ago, Steve Blucher sent me an Air Norton and an Air Zone for my Peavey Wolfgang. They sounded amazing in that guitar and I wish I still owned it.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Help - somebody
« on: October 01, 2015, 03:29:09 am »
Have you tried the guitar in question in someone else's rig?

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The Pickup Place / Re: Help - somebody
« on: October 01, 2015, 03:27:33 am »
I once wired up a Strat with new PUPs (2 Bill Lawrence and a Duncan - all hum canceling pickups) for a buddy and ran into the same problem. All pickups fed back at ridiculously low volumes, even on a clean amp setting! To this day I don't know why I suspected that the pickguard (made of metal) was the culprit, but it turns out I was right. We slapped a plastic pickguard in and problem solved. I hope this helps.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Suhr Doug Aldrich bridge model = WOW!
« on: July 24, 2015, 03:50:04 am »
I wonder if DiMarzio has something really close to the Suhr Aldrich.

You know, in some aspects, it does remind me of an EVO 2, which is my favorite DiMarzio in the bridge. The Aldrich seems to have just a bit more low end, but like the EVO 2, it never mushes out.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Suhr Doug Aldrich bridge model = WOW!
« on: July 20, 2015, 04:56:22 pm »
Glad to hear the pickup is working out great for you man!

Me too, brother Budd!  :madness: Thanks again!

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The Pickup Place / Re: Suhr Doug Aldrich bridge model = WOW!
« on: July 18, 2015, 05:14:56 am »
Sounds like you found your tone. It's always great when that happens.

Have fun with that axe,
Stephan

Thanks, Stephan! Yeah, it's amazing. Damn thing nearly plays itself now! I'm running it with a HS-3 neck and another DiMarzio stack in the middle, but I don't know which one it is. I'm a VERY happy camper now.  :madness:

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The Pickup Place / Re: Pup suggestions for Jackson PC-1
« on: July 15, 2015, 11:58:52 pm »
Hmmm... Well, the cool thing is DiMarzio has a great exchange policy, so if you don't like a certain pickup, you have 30 days to swap it out. I think they only do this once, but not sure.

If you like high output:

Fast Track 2 in the neck (Series/Parallel wiring.) Neal Schon uses one in the neck position on his PRS.
Area 61 Middle or  Cruiser bridge model if you like to drop the middle pickup out of the way of your picking hand.
Illuminator, Air Zone, EVO2 or Titan Bridge (Series/Parallel wiring.)


If you like lower output:

Virtual Vintage Blues neck or Chopper if you want blades. (Series/Parallel wiring.)
(VVBlues in the neck in parallel makes for a gorgeous acoustic-ish tone in the neck.)
Area 58 middle or VV Heavy blues in you like to drop the middle pickup out of the way of your picking hand.
Fred, Mo Joe, or Air Norton bridge. (Series/Parallel wiring.)


AND, I'd wire up one of the pots for a "Neck on" switch, so that you can get all 7 combinations. Great for getting Gibsonesque neck & bridge type sounds in Series, Tele like in Parallel.

Another cool thing to try is the Bill Lawrence Q-filter.

Have fun!  :madness:

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The Pickup Place / Re: Pup suggestions for Jackson PC-1
« on: July 14, 2015, 09:24:29 pm »
What kinds of music will you play on this guitar? Congrats on getting another PC-1, by the way!

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The Pickup Place / Suhr Doug Aldrich bridge model = WOW!
« on: July 14, 2015, 08:11:13 pm »
I had an Al DiMeola bridge pickup and traded it to Budd for a Suhr Aldrich that he had lying around.
Budd, THANK YOU.

Doug Aldrich is one helluva player. (A friend of mine recommended Doug to Mr. Coverdale for the Whitesnake gig.) Now, Doug's live sound with Whitesnake never did it for me, BUT I kept hearing people rave about this pickup, so I started checking out YouTube clips, like these  badass clips by Mark Day:

IN A GIBSON LES PAUL STANDARD:

Suhr Aldrich Pickups Clean Tones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xpu2omE3qd4

Suhr Aldrich Pickups Dirty Tones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMxd0VGXfjQ

IN A SUHR MODERN WITH A FLOYD ROSE:

Hellion Electric Eye Cover Using the Suhr CAA OD100se+: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBwFJbZ16Lg <---This one is SICK.

Bark At The Moon with the Suhr OD100se+ Modern: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqD_YpbjLrY

Here's Mark's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzB53Tox-xhRLnJX35pkT-A

Well, after hearing these clips, I wanted to try one out.

Now, I have some pretty bad health issues, one being carpal tunnel, so I need a very sensitive pickup that easily gets great pinch and tapped harmonics. I was really tired last night when I put the Aldrich into my 80's Kramer with OFR. I did a piss poor job of wiring, I just wanted to get it into my main guitar to see if it was a keeper. OH, YES, IT'S A KEEPER. I didn't even adjust the height. It's about 1/4" away from the strings, but even that far apart, the harmonics are NUTS. I got some good sounds out of it, and went to bed.

Plugged back in this morning, played with a few settings on POD Farm Platinum, and.... OMG.... NIGHT AND FRIGGIN' DAY. From playing it the night before, I already liked the Aldrich, but today after playing around with settings, etc. I'm effin blown away. If you haven't tried one of these, I suggest that you do. The Aldrich has instantly joined the ranks of my top 5 all time favorite humbucking pickups. (BTW, I still haven't adjusted the height. because it sounds too damn good where it is, and it does everything I want a bridge humbucker to do. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?)

I'm in love with this thing. Don't get me wrong, I fly the DiMarzio flag proudly, but Suhr has created a real classic here.

BTW, If you love early VH, this thing is SICK for copping similar tones. The Aldrich says "Hey! I got yer old school wicked VH tones right here, pal!"  :madness:

THANK YOU, BUDD!

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Have you experimented with parallel wiring?

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The Full Shred neck is great, and if you want more power, I'd try a DiMarzio Super 2.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Custom Wound Axis Pickups
« on: June 30, 2015, 01:22:31 am »
That's a great idea.

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The Pickup Place / Re: One year with the Air Zone and 54 Pros = :(
« on: April 08, 2015, 01:33:12 am »
Before changing pickups, I'd suggest switching to 500K pots and wiring the Air Zone for series/parallel operation (via push/pull pot or a mini switch). I think you might be pleasantly surprised. The Air Zone in parallel is pretty cool... it'll give you the sound you're looking for unless I miss my guess. More bite, more clarity, more openness, still has some serious balls, and balances better with the other 2 pickups. :)

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The Pickup Place / Re: One year with the Air Zone and 54 Pros = :(
« on: April 08, 2015, 01:23:24 am »
Before changing pickups, I'd suggest switching to 500K pots and wiring the Air Zone for series/parallel operation (via push/pull pot or a mini switch). I think you might be pleasantly surprised. The Air Zone in parallel is pretty cool... it'll give you the sound you're looking for unless I miss my guess. More bite, nore clarity, more openness, still has some serious balls, and balances better with the other 2 pickups. :)

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