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The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzios in Jackson PC-1
« on: February 27, 2012, 09:01:20 pm »
I'll be leaving the neck sustainer pickup in there.  I'm looking to change out the middle pickup, the HS-2.

nope, I don't have the FT2 yet.  I've been looking at many of the DMZ single-sized hums for many months, but I can't get a clear line on how the Chopper sounds.  what I'm looking for is something that would be like the Duncan Hot Rail, but open in the mids and highs while tight in the lows.  and then I want to run it split or parallel to get a cleaner tone out of it for cleaner amp settings - this is what I do with many Hot Rails and several full-size hums, and it works well for my rig.  so if the sound/tone of a split FT2 is similar to the way most other hums split, it should be fine.

the concerns I have with the Chopper is that it is decribed as something between a hum and a single.  the concern with the FT2 is that it might be more a sledgehammer than I'm expecting.  it's going to be paired with a Super 3, so I do want it to keep up... and I also use the middle position hum in many applications for leads as well as backing.  sounds like I'm trying to get a lot out of a single pickups (lol!) but it works when I use Hot Rails like this in other guitars.


The Pickup Place / DiMarzios in Jackson PC-1
« on: February 27, 2012, 03:20:21 pm »
we all know the PC-1 comes with a Super 3 in the bridge and a HS-2 in the middle.  I'm finally moving on a Fast Track 2 (without flange) to put in the middle spot.  my aim is to throw in a push/pull pot to split both pickups or to just allow the FT2 to go to parallel.

a few questions for the DMZ experts:

- who has tried the FT2 in parallel and how has it worked out for you?  would wiring to split both be a more versatile option?

- this might be more of a Jackson question, but there have been reports that the sustainer circuitry in the PC-1 is tuned in for the specific pickup and changing them around will result in messed-up tone.  seems like that would be far-fetched, but stranger things have happened... anyone know anything for certain?


The Trading Post / Re: FS/FT: Dimarzio Fast Track 2
« on: February 05, 2012, 10:13:57 pm »
does it have the v-shaped flange?

The Pickup Place / Re: Replacing HS-2 with a DMZ rail pup??
« on: December 03, 2011, 08:23:19 pm »
if you're asking me about the Choppers, I've not tried them, so I don't know.  the only DiMarzios I've ever used are the original Blaze 7-string pups in the old original IBZ Universe, the ones that come in the EBMM Axis that replaced the EVH right when Eddie went to Peavy, and a X2N... and the ones in the PC-1, the Super 3 and the HS-2.

my only issue with the HS-2 is that I want something in that position that'd be a good rail-size hum that'll match up nicely to the Super 3 when on a dirty setting... AND can be split into something nice and clean when on a clean setting.

I'm more of a Duncan guy, so I'd normally go with a Hot Rail. 

I've been reading a lot about the Chopper and the Pro Track as well, but sometimes it comes across as they have hot-rodded Straty tones.  The Cruiser definitely comes across as too Straty and the BC line appears too low and heavy.  I'm not opposed to the Super Distortion S, but someone suggested it might not match well with the Super 3... yet the SD-S is supposed to have a tight low end, which is appealing from a middle position to keep it from being loose and muddy.

On paper, it appears to be a toss-up between the FT2 and the SD-S, with it coming down to whick one splits the cleanest.

It appears a lot of guys really like the Chopper, so could I ask to see if I could get some clarification on the Chopper sound?  is there something that could be related to any tones from the Duncan spectrum of rail pups?


The Pickup Place / Re: Replacing HS-2 with a DMZ rail pup??
« on: October 29, 2011, 09:40:28 pm »
Pro Track should be good IMO...

how would you describe the Pro Track, in both full hum and in split or parallel?


The Pickup Place / Re: Replacing HS-2 with a DMZ rail pup??
« on: October 18, 2011, 03:06:40 pm »
That's cool.  Thanks for the feedback, Luijo.

"PAF" tone always throws me off, as I see it a lot but have never been able to associate it with a particular sound.

The thing that's got me the most curious about the DMZs are how they split.  I've always had luck with any Duncan I've spilt until I split a Duncan Distortion, which was, well, distorted when split and used on the same amp setting that all the other split hums were clean.  All my Hot Rails are split and I've always been happy with that on a clean amp setting... and I've heard a lot of people suggest that the FT2 is very much like the HR, so it seems that's the way to go.

The Pickup Place / Replacing HS-2 with a DMZ rail pup??
« on: October 17, 2011, 03:22:15 pm »
hey guys, new around here.  hope you DiMarzio guys can steer me clear on this one.

I only have a few DiMarzios, and they came stock in new guitars - Blaze pups in IBZ Universe and Super 3 and HS-2 in Jackson PC-1.  otherwise, I have Duncans in my guitars.  I play a lot of 80s-ish hard rock, pop metal and mainstream metal... which is to say no hardcore stuff, but still versatile enough to handle a wide range (typically through the pre-amp settings). 

with regard to the Jackson PC-1.  mahogany/maple w/maple neck.  DMZ Super 3 in bridge.  DMZ HS-2 in middle.  I want to change out the HS-2, and here's the deal...

if I were to choose a tone of my fave hum pup, it would be the Duncan JB with the Full Shred coming in 2nd with the Hot Rail being my fave rail pup.  I don't have a fave single pup, as I typically just split the coils on my hums.  for a middle position, I've been going with pups designated for bridge to better fit my applications.

I do really like the HS-2 clean sound.  but for that position, I really prefer a full on hum pup with a push/pull to split it for a clean tone.  so, when there's a dirty tone it's full hum... and when there's a clean tone I pull the pot for a single-ish tone.

I've really been leaning toward the Fast Track 2.  I realize the FT2 is supposed to sound like the Super 3, and that's fine.  other ideas have been the Chopper and Pro Track, but I'm not sure if they have the full-on humbucker sound I want when playing a dirty tone.  if that's not right, please let me know.  they both look good on paper as something that splits the tone between the HS-2 and the FT2... but how do they sound when dirty and when split to clean up?

the deal with the FT2 is that I'm not certain if it's as open and clear, as it appears to have more lows and more mids.  plus, how clean does it get when split?

is there a DMZ rail pup that has that HS-2 sound when split, but can totally deliver the goods when set full-on?  the Cruisers and Fast Track 1 look to be out of consideration.  the Super S is already close to the FT2.

the Chopper looks to be very close to the HS-2 tone, while the Pro Track rides the line between the Chopper and the Fast Track 2.  or is the Fast Track going to handle the sounds I'm looking for?  has anyone tried any of these rail pups for these type of applications? full and split? 

thanks guys, I appreciate your time!

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