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The Pickup Place / Re: Tone Zone Air Norton combo
« on: October 27, 2022, 11:34:52 AM »
I have the TZ/BV/AN combo in an alder bodied/maple-rosewood necked  Ibanez 2750Q I just got, and I don't think they sound bad exactly, but I don't find it a versatile set. I'm likel going to put a PAF Joe in the neck and still deciding on a new bridge pickup. I love the look of the silver/blue UtoPIA pickups but they aren't terribly versatile either. That said, regarding versatility, both sets can absolutely sound good, but if you're doing cover band stuff you need a wide array of sounds and I don't think either set fits that bill.

The Pickup Place / Re: Pickup used on Ibanez JEM middle position?
« on: December 13, 2019, 10:36:14 AM »
Saw an ad for a "Tall Single" pickup cover on Reverb that stated the following (which was close to exactly what I was looking for):

FITS: Virtual, HS series, Evolution Middle, FS-1, Area 58-61-67, Injectors and SDS -1.
Will NOT FIT: vintage Fender pickups or DiMarzio Class of '55, True Velvet or Red Velvet pickups.

These Tall DiMarzio Covers dimensions are as follows.
15 MM tall.
52 MM from center of hole E to E hole.
5 MM between each hole.
70 MM from end to end left to right.
17 MM width.

So, this is just for singles with pole pieces, I am guessing the ones with similar form factor to The Chopper won't fit either in a "short" pickup situation. Too bad about the Area '61 though, as that was the one I wanted. I will email DiMarzio and see if they have any hum cancelling "short" single coils.


Guitar Lounge / Re: New (to me) Jem Jr
« on: December 13, 2019, 08:49:15 AM »
That's nice, congrats! Jems are awesome guitars


Guitar Lounge / Re: "The Nita Strauss Syndrome"
« on: December 13, 2019, 08:47:39 AM »
They are tools when you get down to it. You wouldn't get a hammer and think,"This is the perfect tool, I'll never need another". This is why you need a Jem and a Tele and a 335 and a Les Paul and a Strat, etc. :)

If I found a guitar that was perfect for me in every way and did everything I needed a guitar to do, I think I'd be heartbroken (although it would make my wife happy I'm sure! )  ;D


The Pickup Place / Re: Pickup used on Ibanez JEM middle position?
« on: December 12, 2019, 09:11:30 PM »
I've got Bartolinis in that one now, but I have another with the Evos in it that I'm leaving stock. I'm looking to put an Air Classic in the neck and use a Steve Morse bridge I have already, but I want something clean, bright, and hum free for the middle slot. I just can't tell how tall the singles are by the available stats, and I know the Chopper was too tall. So, height is as important as anything else for that middle slot on the Jem (and I imagine a number of the RGs as well).

The Pickup Place / Re: Pickup used on Ibanez JEM middle position?
« on: December 12, 2019, 04:55:44 PM »
Holy thread resurrection!

When I tried to have a Chopper put in my Jem's middle position a few months ago, I was told it couldn't be done because the Chopper was too tall, and with the cutout for the trem in the center of the body I needed a different, shorter pickup so I just left the stocker in there. This is a Jem 505, so one of the Japanese ones that had the IBZ pickups in it. Would an Area 61 pickup be shorter than the Chopper and fit in there? I want a different sound than I am currently getting and am going to swap all of the pickups in this guitar.
Thanks :)


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