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The Pickup Place / Re: Limited Edition Duncan Hendrix Pickups
« Last post by BluesJam on Today at 05:40:08 pm »
Nah.... the Chas set was replaced by the Janie Hendrix  Experience Hendrix “ back up the Brinks Truck” set.   They say that this set”is more Bank for your buck”
Gear Closet / 1981 Inventions DRV
« Last post by Strangeman86 on August 17, 2019, 04:34:47 pm »
First, some background.  For those of you who aren't familiar with the DRV, 1981 Inventions is a Nashville based company that (currently) only makes this one model of pedal.  Apparently it started off as a fancy version of the Rat circuit, but really evolved into its own beast.

It has no fancy dip switches, no stereo in/out, just three knobs, a stomp switch and impeccable build quality (seriously, google some photos of the innards of this thing, absolute attention to detail).  The first knob is labeled drv (drive/gain) and does exactly what you think it does.  The second knob is labeled cut and works like a cut control on a vox (the more you turn it up, the more it cuts treble from your signal; this knob is rather powerful).  The third knob is your standard volume control and there's plenty on tap to smash the front end of whatever amp you choose to put this box in front of.

My previous experience with 'rat style' pedals is limited to a CMATMODS Ratified (which I did not enjoy, too compressed and chewy, but that's just personal preference).  The DRV is very open and airy and seriously sounds great anywhere you place the drive knob (it goes from subtle edge of breakup to a hefty almost-fuzz roar).  A great audio example has already been done by a youtube channel called Livingroom Gear Demos (at least, that's the one that sounds the closest to what I'm hearing through my amp).  Clean up with the volume knob is great, the pedal doesn't seem to emphasize one particular frequency or another and it plays nice with multiple types of amps.  It's fairly easy to get a good 80's crunch sound or some shoe-gazing madness if one so chooses (and if you'd like, it gets you in the same suburb as an old Rat).  But it really does low gain wonderfully (the builder says on his website that he really worked hard to get the more subtle sounds to be just as good as the full-bore ones).

To sum up, my only real gripe is that the price is $250 brand new plus shipping (which was $12, so a total of $262 to get to my door; pretty dear for a dirt box of any sort).  Everything else is just fun (even the box-candy which included multiple stickers, a manual, an enamel pin and a zip bag!).  If you'd like a pedal that can truly be at home playing with a smoking jacket or a leather one, give the DRV a look.
The mini bar (off topic & misc) / Re: Allan Holdsworth
« Last post by Guitar74 on August 16, 2019, 03:30:23 pm »
Me to bump. I just checked out a live vid of Alan doing Devil Takes the Hindmost from ‘92. Man!!!!!!Crazy that I do some of the same techniques but in a completely different genre. The three note per string finished, string skipped runs. They sound so much different over a jazz progression. That guy was just a true master. That legato. Man o man. Sorry I am waxing all Holdsworth fanboy, but my mind was just blown like in those jet commercials. There is this purple cloud hanging over my.....Anyhow.

Wish I would have been turned on to Holdsworth sooner.
The Pickup Place / Re: Limited Edition Duncan Hendrix Pickups
« Last post by Guitar74 on August 16, 2019, 02:47:43 pm »
After this Seymour is going to offer the following Jimi Hendrix box sets!:madness:

1) Wind Cries Mary Set

2) National Anthem Set

3) Foxy Lady Set

4) Are you Experienced Set

5) Reverse engineered Monterrey scorched set

6) Band of Gypsies Set

7) Posthumous Jimi Set... covers all new works of Jimi

I thought the posthumous set were the Cas Chandler limited editions.
The Pickup Place / Re: Area '61 vs VV '54 Pro neck
« Last post by darkbluemurder on August 15, 2019, 04:44:09 am »
Very cool, congratulations! Now enjoy.

Cheers Stephan
The Pickup Place / Re: Area '61 vs VV '54 Pro neck
« Last post by SuperFuzz on August 14, 2019, 02:08:59 pm »
I did it! See attachments. I do prefer the look of the original neck pickup, but the new one is not ugly at all. I needed to enlarge the pickup cavity to be able to fit the Area 61. I did that by hand with some sandpaper and small files. For me it's an improvement. I prefer the sound of the Area 61 by itself to the Area T neck. The balance between the two pickups is also much improved. I still need to tweak the pickup heights to find the sweet spots, but I know already know that this was a good decision. I also changed the control plate so the volume knob is further away from the switch, making it easier to operate.
Everything you wanted to know about .... / Re: The Air Norton
« Last post by mertay on August 12, 2019, 03:09:40 pm »
Went to a guitar store recently to try out some ibby's for a friend, I kept asking myself why doesn't my (20 something year old) AN sound like these newer stuff.

Long story short, my AN came with the unpolished side facing the PU and when flipped to the polished side the sound was there. I hear on my guitar the high E strings highs are more rounded and towards the low-E it really brightens up, a bit of a problem with OD pedals since they cut the low-end...

So its tilted a bit more than usual toward the low-e to get enough bass. Adjusting PU height from a DI input of soundcard is likely unconventional but a very detailed way to sort these problems.
« Last post by BluesJam on August 11, 2019, 02:22:00 pm »
Sounds like DiMarzio is the-inventing their image with period correct pickups, sort to speak.  It would be nice I’d they did period correct versions of their original pickups from the 70’s
« Last post by DarthPhineas on August 11, 2019, 11:59:07 am »
Am on board with your Duncan 59 Model nods. When I first installed the PAF 59 set, it totally came off as someone basing a 59 set on the Duncan product more than an actual 59 humbucker.

Was hoping for something a lot more like the BKP Mule, Duncan Seth Lover, Mojotone 59 Clone, or even the Fralin Pure PAF.
« Last post by greenlion on August 10, 2019, 10:30:48 am »
Finally got a set of these Dimarzio 59 PAF's and have had a few days to play them. I have the Uncovered versions, so keep that in mind. So far, I have only tried them in my SG. They are very similar to Duncan 59's since that is what I'm sure they were meant to compete with. Overall, they do feel like a tightened up set of Duncan 59's.

The neck pickup is very similar to the Duncan 59, but may be a tiny bit clearer, and has a little less bass. Maybe a little tighter in the bass end, and a little less warm and round. These sound like slight tweaks, not big differences. Like taking a Duncan 59 neck and tweaking it a hair toward a Duncan Jazz neck.

The bridge feels a little further away from the Duncan version. It has a focused, present, and clear tone, maybe not as "fuzzy" as the Duncan with higher gain. Not saying that is good or bad. I love the fuzziness of the Duncan 59, this is just a bit clearer with gain. Maybe not as open and airy sounding when played clean. The EQ numbers from Dimarzio made it sound like it was going to have a lot more mids than the Duncan, but I didn't really hear that much difference. What I do hear is treble that has been pulled back a bit. If you really like the bright treble bite of the Duncan 59, it is not as abundant in the Dimarzio bridge. Then again, if you find the Duncan 59 to have too much biting treble, this EQ might work for you. Still has tight bass. Still has that A5 magnet character. May be a tiny bit more aggressive than the Duncans, but not much. Definitely still a vintage output pickup. Like taking a Duncan 59 bridge and tweaking it a tiny bit toward a Whole Lotta Humbucker Bridge.

I may try them in my mahogany PRS next.
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