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The Area 67,isnt that more single coil sounding?


hollow,thin ,quaky .

Hollow - yes, thin - not at all, quaky - if by that you mean quacky, yes.

Looking more for humbucker type.

Then you may be better off with the Cruiser or even the Fast Track 1.

I like Budd's suggestion but I would choose the Area 67 for the neck position. It is my favorite neck pickup from DiMarzio when used with 250k pots, and I liked it in every guitar I tried it. One of my strats has (from bridge to neck) Virtual Solo, Area 58 and Area 67 - love that one. Virtual Solo would be close to an Injector bridge.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: AT-1+Cruisers in a Standard (MIM) Strat
« on: April 04, 2019, 04:13:08 am »
Yep - that is what I would have done had I kept the Cruiser in that guitar. I have since put in a Firebird pickup- that one works fine with 500k pots.

Cheers Stephan

Next thing after a super D and paf pro in a flying V - Has to be either a Marshall 2203 or 1959 into a full stack, maybe with a little goosing from a tube screamer.

Ouch, that is going to be loud. But certainly a lot of fun.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: AT-1+Cruisers in a Standard (MIM) Strat
« on: April 03, 2019, 05:37:57 am »
but there is only one way to find out!

+1. Please report your results.


If I could ''fix'' something, I would like more clarity, attack, and more output of the PAF Pro. Am I crazy?  ;D
The Super Distortion is perfect as it's. I would like something in that same vein.

I have one guitar with a SD in the bridge and a Breed neck in the neck, and the Breed neck is just what you are describing.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: AT-1+Cruisers in a Standard (MIM) Strat
« on: April 01, 2019, 03:36:07 am »
Very interesting. Now DiMarzio specify 250k for both volume and tone on both Cruiser models in the tech sections.

Whatever - it is personal preference anyway. I have a Cruiser neck model in the neck spot of one telecaster with a 280k volume pot and a 250k tone pot. Sounds right to me in that guitar. Had the Cruiser bridge model in another guitar also in the neck spot with 500k volume and tone controls - sounded too bright and hollow and had too much squirk on the pick attack, in particular on the 1st and 2nd strings. A lower pot value would have made it sound more pleasing to my ear. 

Cheers Stephan 

The Pickup Place / Re: Ultimate Strat Sound Rail Pickup Configuration?
« on: April 01, 2019, 03:28:53 am »
In that case there is nothing wrong with using the 250k as a volume pot.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: More Air
« on: March 29, 2019, 05:08:41 am »
Cool ideas, thanks for sharing.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Any chance of a stickied DiMarzio Mods post?
« on: March 28, 2019, 06:14:07 am »
Very cool, thanks for the heads up.

The Pickup Place / Re: AT-1+Cruisers in a Standard (MIM) Strat
« on: March 28, 2019, 06:12:44 am »
According to that scheme all positions see 250k to ground except for the position which has the bridge humbucker alone - that one sees 500k to ground.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio Notorious Mini Bucker & Igno Humbucker
« on: March 27, 2019, 05:09:54 am »
Thanks for posting this, Budd.

Now that is what I perceive as good marketing. That information along with specs and tech tips is now on the manufacturer's website. None of the pickups would be of interest to me personally but the description of the context they were designed for should provide any interested guitar player with enough information to make an informed purchase decision. Well done DiMarzio!

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Ultimate Strat Sound Rail Pickup Configuration?
« on: March 25, 2019, 08:00:30 am »
If you use a preamp, I would recommend the 50k for the volume pot. Higher pot values may increase noise or have an uneven taper when used with a preamp.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Ultimate Strat Sound Rail Pickup Configuration?
« on: March 22, 2019, 04:59:35 am »
1) Pickups:

The Cruisers are strat-like (not exactly, but close) - low output, bright with a bit more low end than regular single coils or the Di Marzio Area pickups. IMHO a good choice for neck/middle. I would go with the neck version for the neck and the bridge version for middle but two necks or two bridges should work equally well.

Never played the FT-1 so I cannot comment. Apart from the Cruisers I am only familiar with the Chopper and the Super Distortion S from the Di Marzio line up. Since you already have the FT-1, use it and then see whether you like it or find anything lacking, and then take it from there.

If you run them passive I would recommend a 500k volume pot, tone pot can either be 250k or 500k.

2) Active preamp:

As the word "preamp" implies it amplifies both wanted (the string signal) and unwanted (hum) signals so it is a better solution where there is no source of unwanted hum in the first place. With the active preamp I would use the 50k volume. 

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Duncan Custom 5 but with more mids?
« on: March 21, 2019, 05:13:06 am »
I have the Custom 5 in three different guitars (two of them being teles) and don't hear a midscoop but there is nothing wrong with wanting more mids. I agree a magnet swap is cheap and may get there.

The Custom 5 in fact is the pickup I always wanted in the 80s but that did not exist.

Cheers Stephan

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