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The Pickup Place / Re: Bluesbucker brighter than 36th Ann PAF?
« Last post by Matt_B on May 24, 2018, 01:23:57 pm »
These two videos really helped me to get an idea of what the pickup sounds like so I ordered a pair from Mike at Mike's Music Shop.

TE 212 Dimarzio Bluesbucker

Dimarzio Bluesbuckers: The Demo
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The Pickup Place / Re: Illuminator 7 replacement
« Last post by buddroyce on May 23, 2018, 10:58:37 pm »
My experience with the Ionizers was actually only with the initial 8 string version in an RG8. I'm assuming the 7 string version is identical. If I recall, it's still got that PAF vibe and doesn't sound anything like the Blaze or Blaze Custom if that's what you're trying to avoid, definitely closer to the Illuminator but with more versatility and by that I mean a lot better cleans.

I was really interested in these when they first came out as a friend of mine who's pretty close to Tosin Abasi said these were essentially DiMarzio's take on the BKP Cold Sweat, which I think is pretty accurate for the bridge. The neck pickup is something completely different. Closest thing that I can think of is probably a PAF Joe or some other humbucker that's got more of the single coil qualities to it.

I'd totally grab a set if they did them as a 6 string humbucker. I barely touch my RG8527 these days and it's already got a set of BKP Cold Sweat/Aftermath pickups in them. Although now that I think of it.. I might just get an Ionizer 7 neck to replace the Cold Sweat 7 I have in the neck.
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The Pickup Place / Re: Al Di Meola (DP202) bridge...
« Last post by marcwormjim on May 23, 2018, 08:49:41 pm »
That or you can sell it to me.
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The Pickup Place / Re: Al Di Meola (DP202) bridge...
« Last post by buddroyce on May 23, 2018, 08:08:21 pm »
Thanks for the review! I just realized I still have one sitting around in my parts box that I never touched. Now I'm really tempted to install it.. if I can find a guitar I want to put it in... hmmm... maybe this is the excuse I need to buy yet another guitar.
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The Pickup Place / Re: Al Di Meola (DP202) bridge...
« Last post by marcwormjim on May 23, 2018, 06:40:42 pm »
Thatís precisely who I was going to buy through. Heís my go-to for new Dimarzios, and one of the last dealers to routinely stock Parker Fly pickups.
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The Pickup Place / Re: Vintage id
« Last post by DarthPhineas on May 23, 2018, 04:59:00 pm »
Maybe some photos might help.

Also, have you asked the techs at DiMarzio?
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The Pickup Place / Re: Illuminator 7 replacement
« Last post by DarthPhineas on May 23, 2018, 04:58:02 pm »
The original Blaze sounds like a bag of cats after a snake is thrown in.   It seems that there are some that like it, but itís generally not a first choice.

Bud is going to have a little more expertise in the 7 strings options, so heíll know the score. I have a set of PAF 7s and a set of Illuminator 7s, but Iíve got a set of Titan 7s in there right now. The Titans are very much like the 6 string version, which would be like a very powerful PAF.

About to put the Ionizers to work, to run them up against some Fishman Abasi pups, so Iím also looking forward to Budís comments on the Ionizer.
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The Pickup Place / Vintage id
« Last post by Cliff mcclure on May 23, 2018, 09:55:09 am »
Old square feet . Braided shield , 2 lead , wHite hot , black also ground ... both sides work , testing either black or white as hot ... neither will work if I just use braided shield as ground .. Reads 8.65
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The Pickup Place / Re: Illuminator 7 replacement
« Last post by Octacoil on May 23, 2018, 09:11:48 am »
Thanks budd! Looking to replace both, what I didn't like with the illuminator7 is it has too much midrange and the highs are too round. Sounds thinner less lively compared to its 6 string version. I also find it difficult to control its loudness, there's a huge difference in the volume when picking too soft and picking hard.

I was thinking of Blaze or CrunchLab for the bridge and PAF7. How does the ionizer compare to illuminator and crunchlab? how does the ionizer neck compare to paf7?

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The Pickup Place / Re: Al Di Meola (DP202) bridge...
« Last post by Strangeman86 on May 23, 2018, 06:57:29 am »
I got mine from Mike's Music Shop (banjomikez on reverb and ebay) for $80 (he's a custom shop dealer and can get you whatever color/spacing you want; I've ordered from him a lot and always been happy with the service).
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