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The Pickup Place / Re: PICKUP SET for IBANEZ RGAR42MFMT
« on: October 01, 2019, 04:22:47 pm »
I second the Fred. It does metal VERY well. I am thinking about this one in one of my axes as well.

The Pickup Place / Re: Pickup suggestions please!
« on: October 01, 2019, 11:43:06 am »
I have a PRS S2 Standard 22. It has a mahogany body and neck with rosewood fretboard.  The 85/15 S stock pickups are good, but I think they are not for my style of playing.  I was thinking of the Seymour Duncan Custom 5 bridge and Jazz neck, but I haven't tried DiMarzios yet! So, I thought of giving it try!

I personally don't like the custom 5. It can get thin very quick. Even on a warmer guitar I have I have found it to be the case. On the Duncan side of things, I have tried a JB (can get shrill quick and to my ears and being that I have it in two guitars, sounds better with a 250k setup than a 500k for controls). The Full Shred (Articulate and kind of a medium output articulate and tight). PG + Kind of a full sound, not terribly high on output, but distorts nice (overwound Pearly Gates with an a5 magnet vs the a2. Some claim it is shrill but I have found it to not be the case in my Big Apple Strat with a rosewood fretboard).

I have used the X2N and I have never found it to be dark or bright. Kind of balanced, but BRUTAL on the amps input. Do NOT expect chimey cleans from it full on. BUT, parallel and split sound very good clean to my ears.

How much available preamp gain to you have? The reason that I ask is that if you DO have a good amount of preamp gain, then maybe a moderate output pickup might be better suited for you. I used to use nothing but high output bridge pickups, but found that the versatility and articulation of a moderate output pickup works better for me. And by the way, I also do a lot of high gain stuff. Check out my instrumentals at

Anyhow, the moderate output thing is just a suggestion. Don't pigeon hole yourself into thinking that you absolutely need a serious high output pickup. You may find just the opposite.

Gear Closet / Re: Keeley KE-808 (Red Dirt Pro)
« on: September 16, 2019, 04:27:31 pm »
Really just a hot rodded "screamer" variant with more clipping options and a gain boost.

The Pickup Place / Re: Limited Edition Duncan Hendrix Pickups
« on: September 16, 2019, 03:26:34 pm »
 ;D love it!!! Don't get me started on what she wants from you if you happen to want to include a Jimi song on a record. It would be different if I were paying Jimi, but she had no input on his creative genius. I would rather pay Chas a royalty. Sorry for going off the rails. I just had to vent about contacting the Hendrix estate about recording a song. Their demands changed my m il and real quick about buying anything with his name on it including reissues of his records.

Guitar Lounge / Re: New neck time.
« on: September 16, 2019, 08:06:39 am »
[So it arrived Thursday! Did the install Friday. No issues. Put a borrowed fretboard rocker on it. Frets were level. So I basically had to drill it for the tuner studs and the body screws. There is enough meat at the heel that I won't need the micro tilt, and the fret ends are smooth a butter. I couldn't be happier. Before I get hammered, Yes it IS a Might Mite. Hey, I am on a tight budget!

V30s. I had them in a Hughes and Kettner cab back in the early 90s. Once they broke in, man those things were GREAT!

Gear Closet / Re: Keeley KE-808 (Red Dirt Pro)
« on: September 13, 2019, 12:28:04 pm »
Is this pedal breaking any new ground?  Not really.  But it feels/plays like a very refined and completed idea that makes me smile and want to play more.

How does it compare with something like a Fulldrive II MOSFET? I have one and this pedal always piqued my interest.

Gear Closet / Re: Adventures in bridge building...
« on: September 13, 2019, 12:24:59 pm »
I was thinking about a Babicz trem for my MIM strat. your description of the hardtail just cemented that decidsion. I am getting one.

Gear Closet / Re: 1981 Inventions DRV
« on: September 13, 2019, 12:22:06 pm »
I just added my DS-1 with the Wampler JCM and high gain mods to my board to replace the other heavily modded DS-1. I don't think the Rat or any other distortion will be on my list anytime soon. I do, however, really like the Rat and Rat based pedals. It's a tone that is unique and RUUUUUDDDEE!! I used a Proco Rat back in '88. Great dist. box. Post some sound clips of the DRV if you get a chance.

The Pickup Place / Re: 2019 new models
« on: September 13, 2019, 12:18:37 pm »
If you looked at the marketing from the competition, it would appear, not be an actuality, but would appear that other pickup manufacturers are just the boon of r&d and they have all of these new pickups that will do everything but pick you up (pun intended) from the airport. While Dimarzio announces a few new sets with a couple of guys that I had to Google (just like someone else mentioned).

In this competitive world you really DO have to work to keep your name out there. Otherwise the perception is that your product has become irrelevant no matter how opposite the case may be.

Guitar Lounge / Re: New neck time.
« on: September 10, 2019, 06:25:37 pm »
Me too.

Guitar Lounge / Re: New neck time.
« on: September 09, 2019, 06:32:41 pm »
FYI, you can buy a genuine Fender replacement neck direct from Fender due to the defect.
They don't sell necks normally but in a case like yours they will.
Of course you'll have to surrender the old one.
Warmoth necks are built to exact Fender specs and with legal authorization to do so but you won't get the labelling or a serial number.
Not sure how important that is to you to keep it Fender.
Using a Warmoth neck will reduce its resale value.
Not sure if that is important to you either.
I contacted Fender many many moons ago about it, and could only surmise that after multiple times of contacting the both bynphone and email that their response, or in this case, the lack of one was their way of saying they could care less. At no time was there ever an offer of a replacement if I sent in the old one. To be honest, at no time was there even a response.

Your experience with them must be way more positive than my own.

It's all good. My new neck is on the way.

The Pickup Place / Re: Help me select a neck pickup
« on: September 09, 2019, 05:46:46 pm »
Cool. I like the Pro. I never tried it in the neck. I gonna stop now before I start gassing for one.

News & New Guys / Re: Just had a stroke
« on: September 09, 2019, 05:35:26 pm »
Take care, take it easy, rest, and RELAX. I lost my drummer to a series of mini strokes at 48 yrs old. The cause? Stress. Take it easy, and as far as I am concerned, the whole trouble creating threads thing can fall on someone else's shoulders.

My family will keep you in our prayers, bro.

The Pickup Place / Re: Help me select a neck pickup
« on: September 09, 2019, 12:01:34 pm »
Sometimes tried-and-true is where it's at,

^^^ this ^^^

Most of the songs that we consider benchmarks and classic and groundbreaking were made using stock gear without all the processing tricks we use today. Those guys used what they had and made the best of it with their fingers and their amps.

Truer words were never spoken. So many times we go on this "quest" with gear, etc., and forget to realize that if we have a decent amp (or may not even decent), a playable guitar, etc., that so much of our tonal quest lies in our fingertips.

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