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The Pickup Place / Re: Wax Potting
« on: January 22, 2020, 12:17:13 pm »
We did NOT consider tendency to squeal to be a 'feature', and learned to pot our own. 

Exactly. My first encounter with this were some dubious 70s strat pickups which sounded good but squealed like hell - absolutely unuseable with any amount of gain. So I potted them so I could use them with gain. If there was any tonal difference I gladly took that in return for the increased applicability.

Cheers Stephan

The HB2 in the neck should have no problem in keeping up with the Chopper in the bridge - not even the A67 in the neck had a problem at that in one of my strats.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Which Lace Sensor is closest to a Fast Track 1?
« on: January 15, 2020, 04:02:48 am »
Would a VV HB2 be a better choice?

Position 4 quack would then be a concern.  Combining the HB2 and the A61 has consistently sounded pretty lackluster based on the few demos I've heard and this really doesn't (shouldn't?) come as a surprise.

That also depends on the pot values. I have a strat with the HB2 in the neck and the Injector neck in the middle with 500k pots and position 4 quacks just fine. With 250k, HB2 neck and A61 middle could be lackluster but with 500k it should be bright enough - the A61 in the middle could be very bright indeed. A67 would even be brighter. If you go with 250k pots, A67 neck/A61 middle could work well.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: (Another one) simplified wiring schematic
« on: January 10, 2020, 04:11:34 am »
If you are set to get the B+N combination in the position #3 of the 5 way switch, you need either an Eyb Megaswitch type E or a 5 way 4 pole switch (aka "Super Switch", available from Allparts or the Eyb Megaswitch M type). With a regular 5 way switch you can only do it as Mew described but then you would not have that combination in #3. If you do not want an extra miniswitch you can use a push-pull pot.

Cheers Stephan

Get regular 5 way, and on/off for neck/bridge.

This is similar to my preference for strats - 5 way switch with a push-pull to add neck to each combination. I do this mainly to get the bridge + neck combination, and I can ignore it when I don't need it. Simple to install and simple to operate.

Cheers, Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Tone Zone S vs Super Distortion S
« on: December 09, 2019, 10:35:10 am »
I can only give you a rough comparison between Super Distortion and Super Distortion S, and even though I had them in different guitars to my ears they sound nothing alike. The S version has a lot less power and none of that sizzle that the full size model has (and which in some guitars can manifest as an annoying buzz). On the other hand, I found the S to have a nasal quality to it. However, the guitar it was in may well have attributed to that factor as the Chopper showed and now the Kinman Big Nine-O shows a similar nasal quality (all with 500k pots) which for example the Virtual Solo in my other strat does not show in the least.

Never played the Tone Zone S.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Non F spaced with a Floyd?
« on: December 06, 2019, 04:08:17 am »
The low E is rarely a problem as it has so much mass that it does not matter if the polepiece is a bit off. The high e can be more problematic but in almost all cases I was able to adjust by raising the polepiece under this string and/or lower the other polepieces.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Finally Tried a Super Distortion...
« on: December 03, 2019, 05:09:21 am »
I found that the Super Distortion is very guitar sensitive. I did not like it in any of the more resonant guitars I tried it in - always on the edge of being muddy, yet there was an annoying sizzle on top. But I have one in a bright guitar where it added substantial punch. Still it was a bit harsh with 500k pots. I lowered the total resistance to about 375k-380k by adding two 3.3 meg resistors from hot (i.e. tap on the switch where the hot lead of the bridge pickup was connected) to ground, and that was the ticket in that guitar! Now it sounds fat, creamy yet articulate, and there is no trace of harshness left. I like this better than the Breed bridge that was in that guitar before.

Cheers Stephan

Everything you wanted to know about .... / Re: Virtual Vintage '54 Pro
« on: December 02, 2019, 04:30:17 am »
Finally I had a chance to try the VV 54 Pro in the neck position. The guitar is a telecaster with a maple neck. The bridge pickup is an Area Hot T. 250k volume, 250k tone, 2200pf tone cap, 3-way switch n, n+b and b, no push-pull pots for extra options.


That VV 54 Pro kills in the neck position of this guitar - instant SRV tone (except for my playing :)). Nice clean tone and killer overdriven tone, just dripping with harmonics. Previous pickups in that guitar were the Area T neck (good but underpowered), Cruiser neck (better, more power). I prefer the VV 54 Pro to all of them. It balances extremely well with the Area Hot T tone and output wise and the middle position is a very distinct tone from the neck.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Injector & at1 combo: WOW
« on: November 28, 2019, 05:21:55 am »
But to give you non off topic anymore.
3x Injector neck is also good way to go. :D

That is decidedly non-traditionally traditional (or traditionally non-traditional :)). In the olden days you would have had three (more or less) identical pickups in all positions.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Pro Track vs Super Distortion S in neck
« on: November 28, 2019, 05:19:22 am »
Great! Enjoy then.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Injector & at1 combo: WOW
« on: November 25, 2019, 10:13:40 am »
AT-1 and Injector neck is a great combo, so is Norton and Injector neck. Enjoy.

Cheers Stephan

I have the Breed neck together with the Super Distortion in the bridge in one guitar though I am considering swapping the Breed neck for something else as I want that for the bridge position of another guitar.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: New pickup setup for my strat
« on: November 25, 2019, 10:09:42 am »
The Super Distortion is a fantastic pickup but I have tried the "S" sized version and found it not as good as the full sized version.
I do not believe I am the only person who feels this way.

Fully agree - I had a Super Distortion S in a SSS configuration with two Injector necks and did not like it at all - not enough power, too nasal midrange. The only plus was that it sounded good split together with the middle Injector. Replaced it with a Chopper I had leftover from another project but still don't like it - the Injectors blow it away tonally and feel-wise as well.

I would recommend you acquire an HSS pickguard cut for a full size bucker at the bridge.

If I understood the OP correctly he wanted to go for HSS with both guitars so he may already have the pickguards.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: 2019 new models
« on: November 22, 2019, 09:18:25 am »
The support site is under maintenance. The rest works - at least with my PC.

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