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Guitar Lounge / Re: Appreciation for Fret Work
« on: November 25, 2021, 08:17:14 AM »
I have worked on a couple of older acoustic guitars that student were trying to use that had rising tongue so bad, I just pulled several frets past the body joint and replaced them with plastic spacers to keep the wood from moving.

The Pickup Place / Re: Middle single in an HSH
« on: November 25, 2021, 08:09:03 AM »
Dimarzio Cruiser Bridge in the middle position. Great stratty tones with less string pull, and it keeps up with humbuckers better than most traditional singles.

The Pickup Place / Re: Pickups for my guitar?
« on: November 25, 2021, 08:07:07 AM »
I know this will sound weird, but it works. Seymour Duncan Invader Bridge, and 59 Neck. They mesh pretty well, and you would have heavy tones from the bridge and wonderful cleans from the neck.

For something more modern, the Dimarzio Norton bridge and Liquifire neck.

The Air Norton neck is already a muddy mess at standard tuning. It would not be my choice for drop tuning.

The Pickup Place / Re: H-S-H combination suggestion
« on: November 25, 2021, 08:01:26 AM »
I have experimented around a lot with HSH combos in my Ibanez RG. I like an Air Zone bridge, Virtual Vintage 54 Pro middle, and PAF Joe Neck. The Paf Pro also works well here, but I like the way the PAF Joe tightens up the bass end a little. The Air Zone bridge has the fatter bridge tone you are describing, and has amazing sustain.
I also like the Fred Bridge, Cruiser middle (I use the cruiser bridge model for the middle position, because it keeps up with the humbuckers better) and PAF Joe neck. I kinda like the Humbucker from Hell neck with this combo, but always end up thinking it needs just a little more output. The Norton Bridge works in this combo too, but not in a basswood body. Only in Mahogany, or Mahogany/Maple.

That might work. The PAF Pro is probably pretty close to the 36th Bridge in output.

The Paf Pro is a little muddy and bloated in a Les Paul Neck in my opinion. Low notes can get really mushy. If I were after the tones you described, I would go for the 36th Anniversary Neck. I would also throw in a 36th Bridge to round off the package....

If I was dead set on using the Paf Pro in the neck, I would probably go for a Super Distortion in the bridge.

The Pickup Place / Re: New HSH setup OK?
« on: October 05, 2021, 09:12:35 PM »
Sounds to me like it is wired up wrong. Have you checked to see which pickup is active in each switch position? Plug into an amp and flip to each switch position one at a time and tap on each pickup's polepieces with something metal to make sure that the pickup that is supposed to be on in that position is working, and that the ones that are not supposed to be are NOT active.
Yes, the true velvet should have a detectable drop in output compared to the 2 humbuckers.

The Pickup Place / Re: Dimarzio PAF 36th vs. 59 PAF?
« on: September 19, 2021, 09:48:13 PM »
The Dimarzio PAF 59 is not going to help with your brightness problem. I would think that the Air Zone was a really good choice.

The Pickup Place / Re: Neck pickup to pair with Super Distortion
« on: August 14, 2021, 10:24:31 PM »
The Super 2 matches the Super D really well, but it is so similar that I felt like I just had an extended range of one pickup tone instead of a distinct neck and bridge tone. The PAF Pro is a classic pairing with the the Super D. I thought it matched well, provided a wider range of tones, and kept up with the Super D output-wise. I would bet the 36th Anniversary would pair well, and would give more vintage neck tones, but I've never had them together in the same guitar. I don't know if the Air Classic could keep up with the Super D's output.

I bet the entire 36th set would sound good in that setup. If you want a neck that never gets muddy, the humbucker from hell will do that. I don't know about splitting any of those since they are all pretty low output to begin with.

The Pickup Place / Re: Air Zone...Anyone?
« on: July 09, 2021, 08:28:56 PM »
I'm going out on a limb here, but I'm guessing that the reason people mentioned wood species in conjunction with pickups in this thread was because that is exactly what the person who started the topic asked about...

The Pickup Place / Re: I'm after a very different sound
« on: July 08, 2021, 10:42:42 AM »
If you are going for the tones that you stated (Gilmour, Clapton, SRV, Healey, etc) the dual humbucker AR420 with 2 Ibanez humbuckers is NOT the way to go...

You could get some good classic tones out of it, with maybe a set of Seth Lover humbuckers or 36th Anniversary PAFs, but you won't get THOSE tones.

The Pickup Place / Re: I'm after a very different sound
« on: July 08, 2021, 10:38:43 AM »
The fact that the Dimarzio tone picker program always suggests the Tone Zone shows how out of touch they are. The Tone Zone is not a bad pickup, but it is a very 1980's "Paul Gilbert-ish" Shred pickup. The Air Zone is a more versatile pickup.

The Pickup Place / Re: I'm after a very different sound
« on: July 07, 2021, 09:24:43 PM »
There are a couple of problems you are going to run into when you try to mix humbuckers and single coils. The biggest hurdle is that single coils sound good with 250k tone and volume pots, and most humbuckers sound good with 500k pots. The next issue is that vintage output single coils are overpowered by humbuckers, especially hot humbuckers like the Tone Zone.

If I was going for Gilmour, Clapton, SRV, Healey, etc, I might try the Area 61 in the bridge, area 67 middle and area 58 neck.

If you really want to nail the Gilmour tone, plus some great blues tones, I would go for the Seymour Duncan SSL-5 bridge with SSL-2 neck and middle.

The Pickup Place / Re: Air Zone...Anyone?
« on: July 01, 2021, 10:39:38 PM »
A bright ash-bodied guitar with a maple neck, and the Air Zone turned into a mud-fest?  Sounds more like user error to me...

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