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The Pickup Place / Re: What to pair with A EVO 2?
« Last post by buddroyce on April 17, 2019, 07:18:02 pm »
My first thought would be a Bluesbucker.
The Pickup Place / What to pair with A EVO 2?
« Last post by Wrath of nature on April 17, 2019, 09:31:11 am »
  Hey people

  I'll make this one short. Got a maple neckthrough/basswood wings, thin veneer top with a Rosewood fretboard. 25.5" neck with Tremolo. Evo 2 bridge.

 Needing a crunchier, much more clear, cleaner low notes and not so much a fat neck pickup. A tad of warmth for tone but remain more bridge pickup sounding then a over powering liquid sound. This is a heavy metal based setup. Half step E strictly. Thrashy, punchy, powerful playing. Thickness and harmonics a must.
 The best way to describe this sound in short is to sound like 2 bridge pickups in a double Humbucker guitar. It's a gift for a friends birthday but struggling hard to pin point a tone he goes with satisfied, without me changing his setup to balance when I do come around. He can never set his neck. Bridge will be good, neck out. Neck will sound great but bridge is out results.

So far tested has been a;

PAF pro
D-Activator Neck

 Anything would help, thanks.

P.S. I told him to ditch the High out-put pickups and that might change things. Used a Super 3 and X2N. Loves the X2N more for it's crunching mid clean power but loves the EVO 2.

The Pickup Place / Re: Need a chunkier pickup than the Paf Pro
« Last post by Schneidas on April 17, 2019, 05:11:23 am »
Breed neck in the bridge is a killer pickup!
I would never again consider a Paf Pro for the bridge position as the Breed Neck is chunkier and perfectly balanced! It's my all time favorite since trying it about 2 months ago for the first time...
The Pickup Place / Re: Need a chunkier pickup than the Paf Pro
« Last post by buddroyce on April 17, 2019, 01:30:48 am »
Breed Neck in the Bridge position could work. It'll give you a good amount of Crunch. The Crunch Lab could also work or the Norton.
The Pickup Place / Re: Need a chunkier pickup than the Paf Pro
« Last post by agt on April 16, 2019, 09:54:18 pm »
Breed Neck installed in the in the bridge position is a slightly fatter/warmer version of the PAF Pro. If you like the PAF Pro, its a candidate to consider.
The Pickup Place / Need a chunkier pickup than the Paf Pro
« Last post by GuitarIV on April 16, 2019, 02:27:09 pm »
Hey guys,

first time poster here, I'm a regular at the Marshallforum but figured I'd ask for advice here since it's about DiMarzios, duh :P

I have a HSS Strat with the Paf Pro in the bridge position and the Area 67 in the middle and the 58 in the neck. Everything balances great output wise (which was my goal) however the new band I joined plays mostly hard rock and I need a nice chunky rhythm sound for when I use the humbucker in the bridge.

The Strat is very bright sounding which works great for well... Stratty stuff with the Areas but I miss some low end chunk with the Paf Pro. Now I already use 250k pots, I have a no load master tone pot which I might lose to remove some high end but alltogether I thought maybe you know an alternative that's somewhere in the ballpark of the Paf Pro as in it won't be completely out of proportions to the Areas output wise but help me fatten things up.

When I say fatten up I mean a full but still tight low end. I play lots of rhythm and need everything to stay together. Don't get me wrong, the Paf Pro works well and is amazing for lead playing it just sounds a bit thin in the guitar.

Hope you can give me some ideas, cheers!
It really depends on what neck and middle pickup you will use. If you are using vintage neck/middle singles, then a lot of humbuckers will result in a huge jump in volume when switching positions. If you are using higher output singles, then you can use higher output humbuckers. I have combined humbuckers like the Tone Zone, Fred, Air Zone and 36th Anniversary with single coils like the Area 61, Virtual Vintage 54 Pro, Cruiser, and Virtual Vintage Blues. They work well together with only a slight drop in volume. If you try to combine pickups like the Tone Zone and Air Zone with lower output pickups like the Area 67, or Area 58, you will get that big drop-off in volume. I use the resistor trick on the singles to get the best tone out of them. They are too bright with 500k pots.
You don't really need to limit yourself to humbuckers that sound good with 250K pots. Most don't. You can use a resistor to make the single coils "see" 250k while the humbucker still sees 500k. This video shows how:
The Pickup Place / Which Strat bridge humbucker (for Strat-unfriendly things)?
« Last post by Pizvo on April 15, 2019, 01:58:16 pm »
Hi guys. I'm brand new on this forum, found it searching for information about pickups and it looks like i'm in the right place.

Here's my "problem". I recently bought an old Squier Strat (Standard model, agathis body/maple neck in walnut satin color) as a project/backup/rehearsal guitar and found it surprisingly nice in terms of playability, looks and weight (back problems). I'm not a Strat kind of guy, more in the PRS and old Matsumoku original neck-trough designs ballpark, so the bridge single pickup is gonna go and be replaced by a humbucker. And the music style i most often use it for is down tuned (#C standard) modern prog metal...

Now, i'm not a real metalhead and my other band is a sort of a Hendrix/RHCP/Incubus/math rock hybrid (yes, really...) so this guitar is going to be a bipolar beast - neck (single-sized hum) and middle (single) are more traditional sounding and have their own dedicated volume pot, while the humbucker needs to do the heavy chug thing with another volume, master tone covering both. Because of that fact, my shameful unfamiliarity with Strats and certain things i want from my sound, i need advice on the best possible bridge pickup for the job.

1. It needs to be hot and angry, but not too hot and angry, both because i don't like extremes and because i don't want it to be a metric tonne apart from the neck pickup (a more-hot-than-not rail single sized hum) volume wise.

2. I would like it to have nice string separation in complex chords like a lot of more modern hot pickups, but not without some PAF-ish warm overtones. I also don't really do much lead playing, so i don't really need pinch harmonics or clear arpeggio runs.

3. I despise harsh and bitey highs, more a fan of glassy, rounded highs. On the bass side of things, it needs to be full and meaty, but more tight than boomy. Clear and pronounced middle, of course.

4. It needs to do what it does in a Strat with shitty tonewood and on 250k pots. Yes, 250k. Deal with it.

Now, the problem i have with a lot of more modern (especially signature) pickups is that they seem to have more middle than it's good for them, so they sound throaty and lack a strong bass foundation or any high end sparkle. I blame "djent" for that... But then again - over the top bass and grainy lack of definition is why i avoid hot-rodded PAFs. I'm looking for a well balanced, huge and powerful modern pickup.

I had a lot of pickups on a lot of guitars, usually more of a S. Duncan variety, but i once had a pickup in another (first) shitty Strat that turned heads whenever i played it - it was the (not Air) Norton. Love that one, underrated and powerful thingy, but not really what i'm going for now. It tends to get overly dark at times and harmonics just fly out of it like nothing. Duncan is... complicated, they don't seem to produce anything of this description. I was eyeing some Bare Knuckle pickups, but i just can't justify spending that kind of money on a cheap guitar. DiMarzio it might be, but - which one?

I don't really have the opportunity to try them on guitars or even a retailer nearby so it will be a totally blind (deaf) online purchase. Therefor, i would kindly ask for assistance on this one. It might be just a shitty Strat, but it needs to be the best sounding shitty Strat in town.  :D

It's almost 6am and I just got home from work so maybe I'm reading this wrong but if you wired up the Crunchlab directly to the volume control and it still sounds out of phase, something else is wrong. Either there's something wrong with the pickup or there's something else wrong down the line. Try wiring the pickup directly to the volume pot and test it in a couple of different amps. If you're getting the same result in multiple amps, it's likely a faulty pickup.
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