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The Pickup Place / Re: Injector Bridge in neck position?
« on: March 10, 2020, 08:30:08 am »
Has anyone ever tried the Injector Bridge in the neck position? I ask because I was looking at the eq chart on Dimarzios website and it has a very similar eq chart to the HB 2 just a tad more bass, which is fine with me. I have a HB 2 in the neck position in one of my strats which tbh I do like but at times find myself wanting just a touch more output. I'm trying to retain the aesthetic of my strat to hence why I'm not going for a rails design.

grab one and try it out.  you can be the expert on the topic.

I will say that "neck" and "bridge" and "calibrated set" weren't really a 'thing' prior to marketing aftermarket pickups in a way to separate a guitar player from their money.  we pretty much all know the original Gibson PAFs were all wound to the same goal and whatever was picked out of the stack could end up in either position and resulted in the tones that people are chasing 60 years later.

so put what you want where you want it.... er... that might have come out wrong....  :o

The Pickup Place / Re: JP Neck Pickups
« on: March 10, 2020, 08:25:56 am »
Air Norton
Sonic Ecstasy

Anyone kind enough to share your experiences with those? I'd like to know the differences as well as the direction of his tonequest.

have tried:
Sonic Ecstasy

but not:
Air Norton

I'd suggest not sweating the differences.  all variations of the same goal.  tweaking amp settings and playing technique can get them all in the same ballpark.

independent experts are how the "current" big hitters started.  the key point is "amateur".

one guy that I saw had started advertising literally as he got the materials and was still in testing and prototype phases.  there is a LOT more to it than simply knowing what gauge of wire and what magnet and what DCR to wind to.  specs are interesting to keep tabs on, but when I see people obsessing over a magnet type or a DCR, I'm likely to tune them out.

Did anyone get one yet? If so, review?


tried to work with dimarzio on this, but at this point I'd rather slam my no-no bits in a car door than interact with the Office Coven in Staten Island

If so, review?

sounds like it's up to you to do the heavy lifting.

EVH was always concerning of people copying him and his sound.  He was so popular, he is not going to give out a free product endorsement.  Allegedly, Frankenstein had a PAF pickup from a vintage Gibson.  He also wound/tinkered around with his pickup windings.  His Marshall is magic.

Edward's story about which pickups and guitars he was using on certain albums also changes every time someone asks him the same question....

^^^  these are the things to consider  ^^^

plus.... if there are people that are dead-set on hearing an edgy gainy ceramic-based humbucker, remember a '79 ad that Seymour Duncan ran.

Eddie got mad at what he was using being outed and called Seymour and the next month "(Van Halen)" was dropped from that same ad in the same magazine.

Eddie's comments are generally all over the place and generally not to be too terribly taken as canon.

The Pickup Place / Re: Curious: Dry vs wet sounding pickups?
« on: January 30, 2020, 09:21:41 am »
Even Steve Vai said that the Evolutions sound very dry.

that's what his ears tell him.

And the man knows a thing or two about guitar tone. :)

about HIS tone. 

some people think his tone has been shiite on everything after Eat 'Em And Smile.  and some people do not.

hence... why it's best to let YOUR ears determine YOUR tone and what's best for YOU.  also why there is no property that can unequivocally determine how any tone will sound to the masses.  unless it's the tone of Miley Cyrus' voice, which is the reason they invented auto-tune

are we sure it was a Super D?

and if so, on certain songs or the entire album?

in one of the videos that came out during NAMM, Vai said something about this set taking the Evolution and firming up the lows and sweetening the highs.  which makes it sound interesting.

now if they'd offer them without the woo-diddly-doo covers that jack up the price so high.   ;D

The Pickup Place / Re: Curious: Dry vs wet sounding pickups?
« on: January 29, 2020, 11:27:49 am »
I've wondered for years: What property of a humbucker makes it have a more dry distortion vs a more wet/juicy one?

your ears   ;)

I'm trying to find out if there is any consistent property that can "predict" in what category a pickups falls.

not really.

The Pickup Place / Re: HFH vs Super 2 vs 36th
« on: January 29, 2020, 11:25:06 am »
Sry, but this 3 pickups have absolutely nothing in common. xD

which 3 pickups?

The Pickup Place / Re: Press Release : DiMarzio releases Fortitude Pickup
« on: January 29, 2020, 11:22:23 am »
I've been trying to buy this direct from DiMarzio for over a week.

keep getting kicked around from one person to another.

you'd think putting $ directly in their hands would be more appealing to them than the retailer taking a piece of their action.

 ::) ::) ::)

The Pickup Place / Re: Wiring Anomoly - HSH
« on: December 30, 2019, 02:33:18 am »
1. Confirm the color codes of all pickups in use.

2. Double check your wiring. Then triple check it.

The Pickup Place / Re: Actual Dimarzio Humbucker closest to T-TOP specs
« on: December 25, 2019, 09:31:00 am »
Hi guys. is there today a Dimarzio Humbucker closest to Gibson T-TOPs?
Guys at Dimarzio said that Air Classic would be the closest, but I'm not sure because of their specs.

In case it doesn't exist, you have a suggestion for humbuckers for LP to obtain U2 sounds?

If you want a T Top, track one down.

Nothing on the DiMarzio menu stands out as being close enough to a T Top to seriously consider. If you contacted DiMarzio tech support and they said to try the Air Classic, give it a go if that’s up your alley. If you contacted sales, I’d encourage you to be certain by contacting tech support....based on my own experiences.

There are many clones that you can find via Google.

Manlius Pickups actually makes something they call a TTop Clone. You can also ask a builder like Brandonwound. The Duncan Angus Young model (aka High Voltage) is in there around a PAT and TTop sort of vibe. The BKP PG Blues is a contender, if you’re ok with the OOP in the middle position...but the BKP Stormy Monday might be something to look at, which is not as soft as some people suggest... the BKP Riff Raff might also be an option.

The Pickup Place / Larry DiMarzio
« on: December 14, 2019, 04:38:49 pm »
Hi DarthPhineas,

In regards to DiMarzio single coils, why doesn’t DiMarzio use eyelets in their bobbins, like Fender and Duncan.  They wire the lead wires inside  the coil like a humbucker.  It seems the eyelets would be more durable and easier to repair the leads.  I’m not sure what DiMarzio does to reinforce the lead wires in the coil.  I’ve never pulled off the tape on the FS1.  Maybe you can discuss this further.  TY!!!

Hey BJ

Call in to DMZ during business hours and ask for Eric in tech support.  Or email him via the “tech support” email link on the DiMarzio site.

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