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Everything you wanted to know about .... / Re: FRED
« on: January 18, 2019, 05:28:43 pm »
I love my Fred in the bridge of my basswood RG550 / edge locking trem/maple neck.  It is bright, but not thin to my ears. It's just waiting for you to pinch off a harmonic.  Kind of like a kid that had too much sugar.

Since it was /is not uncommon to see a guitar with PAF Pro's in both the neck and bridge, I wonder how a Fred in both spots would work.

Everything you wanted to know about .... / Re: The Bluesbucker
« on: January 14, 2019, 03:08:48 pm »
Just very recently I found that the Bluesbucker sits really well in the neck spot of 24 fret guitars.

Got me very interested. Decent harmonics?

The Pickup Place / Re: Fred in neck w/Mo Joe in bridge on basswood RG550?
« on: January 14, 2019, 11:26:13 am »
Thanks for keeping the suggestions coming. I had not really looked at the Gravity Storm neck likely because I tend to be old fashioned when it comes to magnets, but I need to get over that.  The tone guide is not that far from a AN, but I'd guess the ceramic plays a big part in the sounds.
Stupid question. Since I love the Fred would it be redundant to put one in the neck as well?  I know it was common to use a PAF Pro in both positions.
Also was looking at a PAF Master neck model.

The Pickup Place / Re: Fred in neck w/Mo Joe in bridge on basswood RG550?
« on: January 10, 2019, 12:01:40 pm »
Played my RG with the Fred/ Air Norton for a good period of time yesterday. Playing with medium gain ( about the level Satch uses)  thru my DSL40, with and without effects. I run time based effects thru the FX loop, and don't use dirt pedals as the DSL40 has all the distortion I need.  I just love the Fred too much in the bridge to think about moving it. I dropped the AN in the neck to just a hair above the pick guard, and tried a few different variations on the pole screws.
I am not good with describing sounds, but it still has a bit more bass/thick sounding tone than I would ideally like. Id does however have what I'd call character - the notes are not bland.  Those who play/ played it I'm sure know the sound. It also is decent with harmonics.
My only other humbucker guitar is an early 90's Fuji Gen Les Paul copy with Duncan Skinnerburst pickups. A different beast than the RG, but neck pickup harmonics are pretty close. Not sure if the Duncan's are matched or mis-matched coils. 
I'm ready to try either a PAF Joe or PAF Pro.  I have read the Pro described as bland by some, and the Joe as having some not very good pick attack qualities.  Can anyone who has played the Air Norton and either or both of the Pro and Joe tell me which of the PAF's has more character?  It doesn't have to be exactly like the AN, but I think I'd regret taking out the AN for a bland pickup and would rather live with some extra heft vs no character.
Thanks !!

« on: January 08, 2019, 04:21:50 pm »
Just bought you a drink!  Thank you for this site.

The Pickup Place / Re: Fred in neck w/Mo Joe in bridge on basswood RG550?
« on: January 08, 2019, 02:23:16 pm »
Thank you all for the replies. I have been working every day since the 1st so I haven't had a chance to  really play my RG much so I can really listen to what I might want. I did lower the Air Norton in the neck all the way down to  level with the pick guard but haven't yest had a chance to really play with it.
Based on how much I like the wild side the Fred brings  to the bridge and what I have heard on the Mo Joe via youtube - and also your site Darth that shows the Mo Joe coils to be much closer together than the Fred's, I am starting to agree with you Greenlion.  Granted I have no hands on with the Mo Joe but  all things I can consider lead me to think I might be disappointed that I pulled the Fred out of the bridge for it. 
I'll be able to spend some quality time  tomorrow with the guitar and make a final call.  I am thinking that  if I move the Fred to the neck the only pickup that might be able to satisfy the wild child side would be a Norton?  Otherwise Fred stays and either I get the AN to work or go with a PAF Pro or PAF Joe in the neck
Normally I'd just get one or two and see which I liked and sell off the other, but I  need to watch the spending a bit, at least for the first few months of this year, so I am trying to be a little more certain. Also my soldering skills suck so I need to factor in my repair guys charges.  ( I need to practice the soldering, it would make all this easier LOL )
Thank you all!

The Pickup Place / Re: Fred in neck w/Mo Joe in bridge on basswood RG550?
« on: January 05, 2019, 02:30:17 pm »
So I have learned in  the past how this stuff can  lead me down a rabbit hole, and I don't want to go there.  One last tidbit, I do have a DMZ Breed set I grabbed off a friend but never used, was gonna go in this guitar before I decided to take a different path. I think the Breed bridge might not be what I am looking for in the bridge of  this guitar, but I have read favorable reviews on the Breed neck in the bridge position. It's discontinued so other than the neck Breed being 325mv I know nothing about it, and what I did read on the internet was mostly general gushing and not specifics on harmonics available, ect when the Breed neck is in the bridge.  I think I'll either do Breed neck in bridge with Fred in neck if I get some favorable feed back  here - or just keep the Fred in the bridge and get a PAF Joe for the neck.  I was able to find out that  JS used a Fred / PAF Joe  during G3 in Denver 2003 and found a youtube of that performance. I liked it enough to say if Breed neck in bridge is not bright enough and harmonically rich enough  for me I'll give the PAF Joe a shot.
Thanks !

The Pickup Place / Re: Fred in neck w/Mo Joe in bridge on basswood RG550?
« on: January 05, 2019, 10:33:25 am »
Thanks to all for the feedback !
Will a Dimarzio with duel resonance  always get better harmonics than a model without?  I really like the juicy harmonics of the Fred!   The Paf Pro and Paf Joe both have symmetrical coils while the HFH does do the duel resonance thing. Can I assume the HFH would have more harmonic content than the paf pro/joe ?
The idea of moving Fred to the neck with a Norton is of interest to me, will I lose some of the harmonic content the Fred gives me in the bridge?

I have the usual collection of electrics. strat, tele, LP, SG ( p90) a Gretsch Electromag, and this RG550. The Fred is the hottest pickup of all pickups in eveything I own. ( skinnerbursts in the LP and nothing in the hot category in everything else)  so part of me doesn't want to go hotter than the Fred as it makes changing guitars pretty seamless as far as amp / effects settings goes. But if the Norton can run with the Fred re: harmonics I might have to consider it. I have been tweaking on the air Norton in the neck a lot  ( height, pole pieces) and it's just not quite getting me where I want to go, which is almost a cutting blues sound out of the neck under medium gain, but still not too raunchy to play a fluid line or two.   I like the Fred enough that I considered another in the neck but not sure that would work out for a number of reasons.

Thanks !!!

The Pickup Place / Fred in neck w/Mo Joe in bridge on basswood RG550?
« on: January 04, 2019, 12:17:28 pm »
I currently have a Fred in the bridge of my Ibanez RG 550 and an Air Norton in the neck position. Love the Fred but for what I want to hear the AN in the neck is a bit too thick.  I'd like something brighter and with a bit more bite/snarl/harmonics in the neck.  Since I almost got a Mo Joe for the bridge of this guitar before going with the Fred I thought why not move the Fred to the neck and get a Mo Joe for the bridge. I know the Fred is liked in the neck but usually with higher output bridge pickups. so is the Mo Joe not hot enough to balance out with the Fred? This is a 24 fret guitar so the neck  pup is slightly closer than it would be on a 22 fret ( you know that)  I am ultimately looking for a brighter neck pickup that can get  harmonics as good as the neck position on a 24 fret allows. I play thru a Marshall DSL 40 and play classic rock to '80s metal, fusion, and Satriani tyoe stuff.  I don't need dirt pedals as the DSL 40 has more than enough overdrive for my wants, if that helps. I think the Dimarzios with the "duel resonance " or unbalanced coil designs are maybe what I need. I belive the humbucker from hell also could be a contender if I keep the Fred in the bridge.
Thanks !

The Pickup Place / Re: Neck Humbucker trick for removing mud/boom
« on: February 07, 2018, 12:57:01 pm »
Thanks for the replies!  I think I am reversing the AN in the neck  ala John Petrucci  and will use his wiring. There is a Virtual humbucker diagram that uses a tele blade switch. That should help but I am still going to try and remove some screws and see what I get.

The Pickup Place / Re: Neck Humbucker trick for removing mud/boom
« on: February 06, 2018, 02:11:06 pm »
Sorry for waking this back up. Is there any concern with having open screw holes on the pickup getting dust, ect?
I am about to put a Fred in the bridge of a 24 fret basswood Ibby w/trem with a Air Norton in the neck. They may match well but I am thinking about this mod to the AN if it ends up  overpowering the Fred. I know the neck pup on a 24 fret  will not get quite the string vibration of a 22 fret neck pup but just planning ahead if that ends up being the case.   Thanks  :)

The Pickup Place / Re: splitting humbuckers, will it be half power?
« on: August 03, 2017, 12:33:20 pm »
Thanks for all the replies !!  DarthPhineas I am taking your advice Re: listening to players I like and what they are using.  As a result of doing that and an issue I am having getting a part I need to get this project going I might end up doing something different with this RG500, and your advise is proving helpful. Thanks!

The Pickup Place / splitting humbuckers, will it be half power?
« on: July 20, 2017, 03:27:42 pm »
If a humbucker is split, is it safe to figure the output would be roughly half of it's full serial humbucking power?
As an example, a Breed Bridge is 16.32 kohm -356mV.  If I am trying to match a single coil  to it would I be looking around 8 kohm -170-ish mV?  Also, I know stacked humbuckers for single coil get louder when split, is there some way to guesstimate the split power on those?  And finally, I assume rail humbuckers would follow the same considerations as full sized 'buckers in regards to power when they are split.

I had/have another thread where I was looking for a middle pickup for an HSH with  Breed set. I got some great responses, but I figured I need to know a bit of techie stuff so I can help myself as well. Dimarzio lists the tone guiides for each pickup and while that may not tell the entire story, it certainly is a great start so I need to know how to factor in the other stuff I am asking about.
As always, thank you!!

Has anyone tried a Dark Matter middle pickup ?  I had to focus on a few other things the last couple of weeks (like an expensive car repair ) so I am just getting back to this.  Thanks for the comments and some good stuff to chew on.

Can I be undecided just a bit more? How 'bout a Satch Track in the middle?

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