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The Pickup Place / Re: Pickups for a Les Paul style / sound
« on: October 19, 2020, 08:17:13 am »
Classic rock/classic heavy rock to me is 70s and early 80s. That was the time when everybody wanted more power from the bridge pickup - hence the classic combo PAF neck and Super Distortion bridge. For something less hot in the DiMarzio line up I would look at Norton (hotter PAF type) or, if you do not mind to have more midrange, AT-1, maybe AirZone (no personal experience with that one though).

Cheers Stephan

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The mini bar (off topic & misc) / First time use of Ignore List
« on: October 13, 2020, 11:15:11 am »
I never thought that I would ever use this feature but given the recent spamming going on here, I added three "users" to my ignore list. I suggest they be banned from this forum as all they are doing is wasting storage capacity.

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The mini bar (off topic & misc) / Re: Rip Van Halen
« on: October 07, 2020, 10:43:19 am »
+1. Even though he was not a direct influence on my playing (I always thought I could never do this - still can't), I will treasure all VH records up to VH III.

Very sad to see him go.

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Guitar Lounge / Re: Reborn as the Switch Bluebird
« on: October 06, 2020, 03:38:47 am »
Cool project, and cool job! Have fun with that axe,

Stephan

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Guitar Lounge / Re: New neck time.
« on: October 06, 2020, 03:35:41 am »
That lead guitarist is Mark Tremonti. Nothing to do with the thread BTW.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Info about PRS SE 85/15s pickups
« on: September 28, 2020, 12:31:58 pm »
It is very difficult to compare listed specs of different manufacturers. Not even of the same manufacturer ... A better comparison would be someone that replaced the 85/15 with something different, and that would also only be correct for that particular guitar.

Never played a Steve's Special but I have the DLX Plus - it is actually in a guitar that has a PRS shape and similar construction (mahogany body with maple top, set neck mahogany neck, rosewood board and wraparound bridge). I think it compliments the guitar very well. PRS guitars tend to be rich in the midrange so a pickup that is not midhyped such as the Steve's Special should work well.

A few years ago somebody complained on this forum about the honky tone of his PRS Custom and later solved the problem with a Transition bridge. 

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: Chimey Humbuckers?
« on: September 28, 2020, 02:58:48 am »
Difficult to say how much the pickups contribute to the overall tone in this video. The guitar may be bright to begin with, and amp settings may also have an influence.

The neck pickup is definitely very chimey, and that is rare. I doubt I can get that chime with the Bluesbucker - maybe I can with the guitar that has the Duncan Full Shred neck in it but that guitar is bright as well.

For the bridge pickup, anything with a PAF tonality and a bit more output should get in the ballpark.

Never tried a Kiesel pickup. I have an older Carvin in my parts box but that one is everything but chimey.

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: One coil with more winds?
« on: September 25, 2020, 03:15:24 am »
I'd recommend doing a series/parallel switch rather than a split, because you get a bit more output and it doesn't thin out your sound as much as a split, especially with a single-sized humbucker.

+1
+ you retain the humbucking effect.

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The Pickup Place / Re: JP Neck Pickups
« on: September 25, 2020, 03:12:42 am »
Harlow, I really like your descriptions as they not only cover sound but also feel and are put in context. I think this is really helpful.

Cheers Stephan

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Guitar Lounge / Re: Frankenstein Bass Question
« on: September 23, 2020, 01:37:31 pm »

Fucked Up But All Right, Stephan


You were faster than I was - many thanks nonetheless! And I fully agree to your recommendations to OP.

Cheers Stephan

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Guitar Lounge / Re: Frankenstein Bass Question
« on: September 23, 2020, 02:34:36 am »
What does FUBAR mean?

EDIT - I googled and found "fouled up beyond all recognition".

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The Pickup Place / Re: 50ís Volume Pot Wiring
« on: September 21, 2020, 02:26:53 am »
Possibly. I would just try it - it is a very inexpensive experiment.

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: Chopper and cruiser (bridge) balance?
« on: September 18, 2020, 04:11:57 am »
There is no single pickup that "needs" any particular value to work well. That all depends on the way the guitar sounds acoustically - a bright guitar may work well with 250k pots all around whereas a dark guitar could even be too dark with 500k pots all around.

For those two pickups, 500k volume is a good start. The difference between a 250k and a 500k tone pot is like comparing a 500k tone pot set to 9 or 10 so there will be a difference but not night and day.

I would try the Cruiser with 500k volume and 250k tone first and then evaluate whether anything is missing, and then think about any further changes.

Btw: how many volume and tone controls do you have on that guitar?

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: 50ís Volume Pot Wiring
« on: September 17, 2020, 02:50:36 am »
Here is a link showing the differences between 50s wiring and modern wiring.

https://www.seymourduncan.com/blog/tips-and-tricks/lespaulwiring

As you see, the difference lies in the way the tone pot is wired. This means if you do not have a tone pot, you can only simulate one by inserting a 0.022uf cap from the volume output (center lug), connect the other end of the cap to a 470k resistor and connect the other end of the 470k resistor to ground. There is the 50s wiring with an invisible tone pot that is always on 10.

Cheers Stephan

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I really like this clip of the Area 61 in the neck

http://www.dimarzioforum.com/forum/index.php/topic,8161.0.html

Cheers Stephan

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