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The Pickup Place / Re: Evolution Neck in an HSS?
« on: February 19, 2024, 03:46:32 AM »
I’ve tried it in few guitars now, but I just can’t get on with an Area 61 in the neck*. It’s just too sharp and bright and not all that fat. Maybe I need heavier strings than 10-46. I put an Injector neck in there and it’s a lot better. Position 4 with the VV54P still works pretty well.

You probably have a very bright guitar there. In my #1 I like it just fine in the neck. Injector neck is the logical step up.

Even still, I’m wanting to try a little fatter with an HB2. How well can this pickup clean up with a treble bleed, say in the 270pF range? Will I get any chime out of it?

I have that pickup in the neck position of my Pinecaster tele with a 500k volume pot and a 220pf treble bleed, and it cleans up well. Actually I rely very much on that sound for one song.

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: Dimarzio PAF 57
« on: January 26, 2024, 03:26:23 AM »
Ok - now they have 5 PAF variants:

36th Anniversary
59 PAF
57 PAF
Air Classic
PAF Master

Each in bridge and neck versions.

Cheers Stephan

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The mini bar (off topic & misc) / Re: Who are the SDUGF members on here?
« on: January 25, 2024, 03:49:59 AM »
This forum sucks compared to the SD Forum. So sad! It's really a missed opportunity. Maybe this forum needs an official re-launch via colaboration with the Dimarzio Co.

Indeed it is very quiet here compared to there. On one hand it makes my life as a moderator very easy as there is nothing really to moderate :). On the other hand, it is up to the members (including the moderators) to bring the forum to life. If you create good content that will attract more visitors and potentially more members, potentially producing more useful content.

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: Evolution Neck in an HSS?
« on: January 25, 2024, 03:45:43 AM »
I think Reverend used a 0.0022uf cap but the exact values of pot and cap are only a starting point - as you said it is all personal preference and should be selected by ear. In the PRS S2 Standard 24 and the Custom I used 0.0022uf and 500k audio pots which work fine in these guitars - I can always find the spot I am looking for so I have not seen a reason for further finetuning.

Cheers Stephan

 

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The Pickup Place / Re: Evolution Neck in an HSS?
« on: January 24, 2024, 04:42:56 AM »
That "More Control" is very useful - it is very similar to the "Bass Contour" by Reverend. I love this in humbucker guitars to shave off some low end - extremely useful for neck humbuckers. With the pot set to zero resistance the cap gets bypassed and no longer has an effect so it is full bass in that position.

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: Evolution Neck in an HSS?
« on: January 15, 2024, 04:24:04 AM »
Love HSS set ups.

The last I set up is (from bridge to neck): JB, Area 67, Area 61 (inspired by a TGP member who did the same and raved about it). All 250k pots and a 5 way mega switch. The switch positions are:

1 - bridge, coils in series
2 - bridge split (EDIT: bridge side coil, magnet reversed) and middle split
3 - middle
4 - middle and neck
5 - neck

The upper tone pot only controls position #5 and has a 0.0022uf cap. The lower tone pot is a push-pull and currently has a 680pf cap, which I will increase to 800pf (1000pf was too much), and it only controls position #1. The push-pull when pulled puts the bridge pickup coils in parallel, but ONLY in that position. It does not do anything if the switch is in any other position.

Very versatile yet simple, and it is very easy to tweak individual positions without affecting others. EDIT: all positions are humcancelling. 

BTT - a good alternative to the JB if you want less compression is the FRED, also with a 250k volume pot.

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: New Filtertrons from DiMarzio!
« on: January 15, 2024, 04:16:53 AM »
The DC resistances on the New'Trons are almost twice as high as the originals. I wonder whether DiMarzio used 43 gauge wire compared to 42 gauge in the originals.

Cool that they offer several models to choose from.

And the description says they are the original size and dimensions so Amplifuzz is right.

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: PG-13 Middle in Bridge
« on: December 15, 2023, 03:17:45 AM »
Not irrelevant at all because you gave the context in which you used the pickup. That is always helpful. Many thanks for sharing.

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The Pickup Place / Re: PG-13 Middle in Bridge
« on: December 14, 2023, 04:20:53 AM »
But as you know some pickup pairings just click, and some just don't,

That is true, and it is also guitar dependent.

and it's hard to tell until one tries. 

Indeed. You can read as much as you want about a certain pickup and hear any youtube-demo you come across but at some point you have to take a leap of faith and put the pickup in your guitar, play it through your rig and see whether you like it or not. If you don't then at least you have a baseline.

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: PG-13 Middle in Bridge
« on: December 11, 2023, 04:03:49 AM »
I am not Ray but I have used the DP-240 in several guitars and still do. It is not wimpy by any means and holds up well with any medium output humbucker in the bridge.

Cheers Stephan

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The Pickup Place / Re: Pickup similar to AT-1
« on: November 30, 2023, 04:29:04 AM »
Coming back to that dual hum tele with the AT-1 in the bridge. I asked the DiMarzio tech support what they would recommend if I wanted something with more bass punch and overall clarity. They suggested the Norton. Found one used, put it in and sure they were right but it slightly overshot to the bright side in that guitar. But then I remembered RayBarbeeMusic's post that the usual load of 500k should be reduced to appr. 380k. That provided the midrange bark that I liked about the AT-1 which the Norton was lacking with the 500k load, but now coupled with the bass punch and the bite of the Norton. About the same output as the AT-1 with a load of 500k. Love the guitar now.

Many thanks to the DiMarzio Tech Support for their assistance and Ray for sharing his knowledge.

Cheers Stephan

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Everything you wanted to know about .... / Re: DImarzio Area Magnet Swap
« on: November 27, 2023, 04:08:02 AM »
If they are constructed in a similar way as normal single coils where the winding is wound around the magnets then a swap is not possible. But I never attempted to change magnet rods in a single coil.

Cheers Stephan

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I think I could more easily make a Norton out of an Air Norton, if I needed to, than the other way round.

If it is an F-spaced model you need a spacer that is spaced for that. With a non-F-spaced, any spacer from another pickup that is regular spaced should work. Eventually you will have to file the holes to make it fit.

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The classifieds on this Forum are very quiet so I would not place a bet on anything coming up there soon.

In the most popular German classifieds portal, Air Nortons come up consistently (regular and F-spaced, mostly black but sometimes zebra or double cream) but Nortons have become scarce for no obvious reasons.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Air Norton Bridge Position
« on: November 16, 2023, 04:03:02 AM »
Yes.

I had it in 2H and HSS set ups with good results. Actually mine (F-Spaced) is sitting around idling at the moment. I have two candidates for it - coincidentally one a 2H and one a HSS - and I haven't made up my mind where it should go. Probably in the 2H with a DP240 mini in the neck spot. With the HSS I would have to flip the magnet to use the bridge coil in split mode and be humcancelling with the middle, and I am not looking forward to doing that.

Cheers Stephan

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