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The Pickup Place / Re: Dimarzio PAF 36th vs. 59 PAF?
« on: September 20, 2021, 02:40:53 AM »
I think Budd made a review on the Transition set. I will check whether I find the link.

Cheers Stephan

EDIT: seems to be gone, unfortunately.

The Pickup Place / Re: hotter than air classic bridge
« on: September 20, 2021, 02:39:31 AM »
I have no idea what the Air Classic sounds like since I never played one. But if you are looking for a hotter pickup that has a somewhat recessed midrange, that would be the Steve's Special (never played that one either, though).

What I did play that was going in that direction were the Seymour Duncan Custom 5 (SH-14) and the Bare Knuckle True Grit Bridge. Still broadly in PAF territory but more output. Of those two the Custom 5 appears to have more low midrange but I never had them back to back in the same guitar, and the guitars they are in are very different.

Cheers Stephan

The mini bar (off topic & misc) / Re: Peavey....WTF?
« on: September 16, 2021, 02:54:11 AM »
[quote author=Guitar74 link=topic=15816.msg63812#msg63812 date=1617986107
 I look at a  Q&A where someone is asking about the correct speaker as a replacement for their Bandit 112. The answer? "So many speakers sound so different. It's a matter of taste, I guess." This was from a PEAVEY EMPLOYEE. Do they just NOT like making money? It's no wonder they don't control the market share in the price range where they once ruled. I don't think with that attitude towards a prospective customer that any amount of moving manufacturing overseas will compensate from such a "I don't know, and furthermore, don't care that you want to spend money with me" approach to people.

Fully agree. The employee's reply clearly shows that he neither knew the original product nor the current product line nor did care to get that knowledge. Instead he chose to ignore the question he was asked. This attitude is highly unprofessional.

Cheers Stephan

I noticed I have not yet commented on the Injector bridge here. I have it in the bridge position of two different strats (one alder/rosewood, one ash/maple), and it sounds great in both. Easily my favorite strat bridge pickup - no more thin tones in the bridge, and the bridge+middle still sounds great (the alder guitar has an Area 61 and the ash guitar an Area 58 in the middle).

Highly recommended.

Cheers Stephan

I managed to buy a used Injector bridge and replaced the Heavy Blues 2 with it. In direct comparison the Injector bridge is a bit less bright,  has a similar midrange color but substantially more low end, which is beneficial for the bridge position in a strat. The HB 2 will got to the neck position of a different guitar.

The Pickup Place / Re: Bridge pickup for my Les Paul
« on: September 09, 2021, 03:20:51 AM »
Your impression is very similar to what I noticed when I replaced my Virtual Hot PAF for an Air Norton. The Virtual Hot PAF was the predecessor to the 36th Anniversary Bridge.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Difference between "W"-labeled Areas and not
« on: September 07, 2021, 06:51:18 AM »
Yes - W is for white, BK for black, and CR for creme. I think the only other label I have seen is AW, which probably stands for antique white.

I have bought a set of white and black covers years ago so I can swap to match any color scheme I want and pretty much can ignore whatever cover a 2nd hand pickup is sold with.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Bridge pickup for my Les Paul
« on: September 06, 2021, 03:36:50 AM »
Yes, Air Norton is what Nash uses in his Les Paul makeovers, together with a Bluesbucker in the neck.

The Pickup Place / Re: Resistor Mods
« on: September 06, 2021, 03:35:05 AM »
Yes, I do that all the time in order to tailor the sound of a pickup - which I basically like in a guitar - to that guitar. Mostly it is in a guitar with a 500k volume pot where I add a resistor to ground (can be anything from 470k to 2.2meg) to achieve what I want. I cannot give a specific value as recommendation but resistors are cheap so it is worth experimenting.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Bridge pickup for my Les Paul
« on: September 02, 2021, 02:32:36 AM »
I second the AT-1 suggestion if "thick" is what you are after. Breed neck would also be good but with 500k pots it is very bright. I have one in a HSS strat and use a 250k volume pot - that warms it up enough but it is still clear and bright so this is what I would recommend with the Breed neck. Output is roughly the same as an Air Norton. AT-1 would be a step up in output from the 36th.

Keep in mind that the Breeds are no longer part of the regular pickup line and only available through the custom shop.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Question about HSH Pickup combination
« on: August 31, 2021, 02:49:48 AM »
Hi and welcome to the forum!

For your styles, the suggested pickup combination is very appropriate. If you have access to a Schaller/Eyb Megaswitch E type, that would give you the following combinations and easy wiring:

#1 Bridge humbucker
#2 Bridge pickup neck side coil plus middle
#3 Bridge pickup bridge side coil plus neck pickup neck side coil (telecaster type tone)
#4 Middle pickup plus neck pickup neck side coil
#5 Neck humbucker

All combinations should be humcancelling with a regular middle pickup, thus no need for RW/RP.

If you want the option of the middle pickup alone or - as in some of the Ibanez wirings - both humbuckers together, then this is best accomplished with a 5-way 4-pole switch (aka "super switch").

And by the way, your English is fine.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Alternative HSS Wiring Scheme
« on: August 27, 2021, 07:01:10 AM »
I made a small change and assigned the previous master tone control to only control positions 2, 4 and 5. Position 1 (bridge humbucker) now only has the dedicated 500k pot with the 0.001uf cap - before the master tone control also affected position 1. I prefer this set up as I can now turn down the bridge tone pot (which is only connected in this position) and can switch to e.g. position 2 with the tone pot up (and the bridge tone not connected in this position).

Position 3 does not have a tone pot connected to but I don't miss it since this position will be used for jangly tones only.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Neck pickup to pair with Super Distortion
« on: August 18, 2021, 03:22:55 AM »
The Full Shred is a Seymour Duncan. I really like the neck version for its tightness in the lows while still retaining the fat high notes. Actually I have one guitar with the Super Distortion in the bridge and the Duncan Full Shred neck in the neck. I set it up with a five way super switch that does the following combinations:

1 - bridge coils in series
2 - bridge coils in parallel
3 - both humbuckers
4 - both humbuckers split
5 - neck coils in series

Cheers Stephan

The AT-1 is stronger than the 36th bridge so that should balance with the Bluesbucker ok. 36th bridge split could indeed be lower in output.

Have you considered putting the bridge humbucker in parallel instead of split? Then there should not be any substantial output difference to the split Bluesbucker.

When you cut low end through your equipment, yes that could work.

Cheers Stephan

For splitting the Bluesbucker is king because the output drop in split mode is minimal, and the tone does not become thin or weak. I have never played it in the bridge position of anything so I don't know how it sounds there.

For semi-hollow guitars I would avoid anything with a low mid hump as usually this construction tends to accent that so AT-1 would not be my first choice.

I have never played the 36th bridge but I have a Virtual Hot PAF which is said to be close so this should work well in the bridge. 36th neck could be underpowered to any humbucker you put in the neck.

Maybe something like the Mo Joe bridge (which would be a bit hotter than the 36th bridge but not overwhelmingly so) with the Bluesbucker in the neck?

Cheers Stephan

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