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I held off commenting because it has been a long time since I had the Air Classics. From my recollection, I found the Air Classics fairly underpowered and boring. They did not have much bite and seemed too rounded off. I love the 36th Set in a Les Paul or PRS type guitar. Great set that covers a wide range of tones.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Starting points for Super D and PAF ?
« on: June 23, 2020, 08:03:41 pm »
With the bridge pickup, I always start out at about 5/64" (2mm) from the fretted string and adjust to taste from there. The SuperD is pretty powerful, so you don't want to get it too close to the strings. With the PAF in the neck, I would start at 5/64ths on the treble side but set the bass side a bit further down at 8/64ths (3mm). You can also play with the pole pieces heights. Having them down flush with the pickup top often creates a firmer/harder/more present tone, where raising them up out of the bobbin creates a softer/rounder/airier tone. Playing around with the heights can really have a huge impact on the balance of tone the guitar has.

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The Pickup Place / Pickups you have changed your mind about...
« on: June 20, 2020, 12:01:40 am »
Over the years, my opinion of certain pickups has changed quite a bit. Some pickups like the Air Zone, I have always gotten along with in many guitars. Some that I initially disliked in one guitar, like the Norton bridge, became a favorite when I installed it in a PRS Singlecut. The 36th Anniversary went from bland to amazing when I put them in a Les Paul where they belong. I also found the Breed bridge boring until I put it in a Jackson DK2M. Some that I began playing years ago like the Duncan JB and Jazz are my least favorites now. Every time I retry them, I like them for a few days and then they start getting on my nerves again. Some like the Cruiser single coil I had to learn how to use, and now I love it. I left some, like the Duncan 59, behind long ago thinking I could find something better for an SG Standard only to return full circle and wonder why I wanted anything else.

What pickups have you liked or disliked only to change your mind later?

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Agreed. It is actually helpful for people to revisit threads later. It provides a chance to see how opinions change, or how the music scene thinks about certain tones/pickups at given times. I know that I have re-found replies that I have written from a decade ago that I completely disagree with myself about now.

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One page comparing pickups finally made it past the first page of comments and gets locked down for no apparent reason, other than some moderator got bored with it. There is a reason this forum has been dead for a LONG time....

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Best way I have found to do it...
https://youtu.be/SJZ2Do7Ywx0

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The Pickup Place / Re: smooth pickup to replace breed neck
« on: May 09, 2020, 10:58:36 pm »
I don't like the Air Norton because of its lack of pick attack, but it may be exactly what you are looking for. To me it is a mud bomb that doesn't even feel like playing a guitar when I use a lot of gain. More like a synthesizer. There is some kind of strange "emptiness" to the Breed neck that I never liked too. I do like the Liquifire though.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Pickups in Sterling JP60
« on: May 01, 2020, 04:19:32 pm »
What are those, Basswood? There are a TON of Dimarzios that sound great in my Basswood Ibanez RG's. I have the Crunch Lab in one, but it is one of my least favorites. I love the Air Zone, Fred, 36th, Paf Pro, Tone Zone, Evo2, Breed, Norton...  i would put any of those ahead of the Crunch Lab. You might avoid the Tone Zone/Air Zone if you want clarity, but any of those are great.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Dimarzio Breed bridge with A2 mag?
« on: May 01, 2020, 04:08:10 pm »
Putting in an A2 will change a lot more than the output. I have never tried it with Dimarzio Pickups, only Duncans, but if generalities hold true, you will probably notice even fatter mids, reduced spongier bass, and reduced, more rounded treble. The 36th Bridge is a good lower output alternative.

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The Pickup Place / Re: 7 string thoughts
« on: April 06, 2020, 03:18:44 pm »
My Blaze set, Paf7's and D-Activator 7's have all been in Basswood Ibanez guitars.

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The Pickup Place / Re: 7 string thoughts
« on: April 04, 2020, 04:11:09 pm »
The Blaze neck is great and matches the Blaze Custom well. If you want something more like a traditional PAF go for the PAF7. I haven't tried the Ionizer.

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

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The Pickup Place / Re: Pickup used on Ibanez JEM middle position?
« on: December 12, 2019, 05:56:17 pm »
If you are keeping the PAF Pro in the neck, a Tone Zone or Air Zone bridge works well with it.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Non F spaced with a Floyd?
« on: December 05, 2019, 08:44:21 pm »
The strings won't be aligned perfectly, but most of the time I can't hear a difference. I have a couple of regular spaced Dimarzios where I'm supposed to have an F-spaced.

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The Paf Pro and Liquifire neck also work well with the Super D

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