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The Pickup Place / Re: Tone Zone Air Norton combo
« on: September 29, 2022, 03:41:09 AM »
Many woods are marketed as "mahogany" but they are not the same species. You will find

- Swietennia macrophylla, which is equivalent to the original Honduras mahogany
- Khaya ivoriensis, which comes from Africa and looks similar to mahogany
- I think there is also an Asian variant but I forgot how it is called

Even among the same species the wood varies wildly. As a result, it is almost impossible to say "mahogany sounds like ...".

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: The Tone Zone BEST height ? (For once and for all)
« on: September 29, 2022, 03:35:15 AM »
There must be a perfect setting for this pickup, what is it?   ???
I've seen a lot of topics where guys say they found it, but they never give the values!

1) I am afraid there is no such thing as it is guitar and pick attack dependent and
2) I bet if those guys gave their values they would be all over the place.

So my answer is that you did not want to hear.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: what do you think of this pickup config?
« on: September 16, 2022, 05:40:38 AM »
Of all the pickups you mentioned I have only used the Chopper, and only in the bridge position.

Since you already have the pickups at hand, why not try Evo bridge, FT2 middle and Chopper neck. If the FT2 is too dark and you like the Chopper in the neck, get another Chopper for the middle. If the Chopper is too dark in the neck but you like the FT2 in the middle, you could consider a Satch Track for the neck. If both are too dark, put the Chopper back in the middle and get a Satch Track for the neck.

Good luck,

The Pickup Place / Re: New Tone Charts!?!
« on: September 08, 2022, 03:41:57 AM »
Wow - they did publish that back then? Unfortunately I started playing guitar only in 1979.

The Pickup Place / Re: Which Pickup Features Which Technique
« on: September 05, 2022, 05:10:35 AM »
Got you - and the ? is removed. :)

The Pickup Place / Re: Which Pickup Features Which Technique
« on: September 05, 2022, 05:07:37 AM »
Yes, in principle it could be removed but I think it is more convenient for anybody looking up a specific model. Thanks for the Super 3 info - I will update.

Cheers Stephan

I use(d) 500k volume pot with the Chopper but I would first try it with the pots you have - if you like it you're done. If not, you can still swap.

Cheers, Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio EBMM Music Man Axis Bridge Humbucker
« on: August 12, 2022, 04:07:05 AM »

No, it is not too technical.

It seems that your measurements of the screw coil are in line with Darth's but the slug coil and the combined inductance seem to be lower in your pickup. And yes, assuming the coils are wound with the same wire gauge, the inductance should be higher on the screw coil. I agree that the quantity of difference rules manufacturer tolerances out. A possible explanation that comes to my mind is that the slug coil had a defect and was unwound to the point where the defect was, and then the connecting wire was attached to that point so that the coil works again, albeit on a lower turn count and thus lower DC resistance. Another potential explanation is that somebody created a hybrid, using a slug coil from another pickup. As regards a sound difference: normally, offset coils cancel fewer frequencies so the resulting sound should be a bit brighter than without the offset but it is almost impossible to quantify the effect (apart from comparing them in the same guitar and same position but the results would then only be accurate for that particular guitar).

The bottom line is always: does the pickup give me the sound I want? If yes, the "how" is less relevant. If no, then the question is "what do I want the pickup to have more of / less of?" and that is where the "how" comes into the picture as this may help you to pick a pickup based on specs.

Hope that helps,

The Pickup Place / Re: Which Pickup Features Which Technique
« on: August 10, 2022, 10:20:39 AM »
Quote from a forum member on the mylespaul forum on the Al di Meola set:

Al DiMeola Neck (DP201): output=230mV, treble=6, mids=4, bass=6, DC=10.87K.
Al DiMeola Bridge (DP202): output=275, treble=5, mids=8, bass=8, DC=10.84.

The magnets are AL5, they are not airbuckers, and the neck pickup has dual-resonance coils.

From these specs it looks like the neck pickup is wound with a wire thinner than 42 AWG - otherwise the rated outputs do not make sense given both models use the same magnet.

The Pickup Place / Re: Info about PRS SE 85/15s pickups
« on: August 01, 2022, 03:43:23 AM »
58/15 = 85/15 with a cover iirc.

That is what I understood as well.

The Pickup Place / Re: Info about PRS SE 85/15s pickups
« on: July 25, 2022, 11:11:54 AM »
The neck pickup is dark and probably gets replaced with a Duncan Full Shred neck.

It did get replaced :) and for me it is a definite improvement - it is brighter but not only that, it is much more "present" or clear.

I also replaced the bridge pickup with a Duncan 59/custom hybrid that I made myself from a 59 and a Custom. The reason for the change was primarily cosmetic because I wanted both pickups to have open black coils and I don't like the looks of one pickup covered and one uncovered much. The improvement in tone is minor to my ears.

I also replaced the original pickguard so that I could leave that basically untouched and got a new one. I used a multipole 5 way switch instead of the original 3 way and wired it up like this:

#1 bridge coils in series
#2 bridge and neck outer coils in parallel (tele-like tone)
#3 bridge and neck in parallel
#4 bridge and neck inner coils in parallel (strat-like tone)
#5 neck coils in series

Volume is a 500k pot (actually measuring 480k). Tone is a 500k push/pull pot with which I can put both pickups in single coil mode. As a result, I have retained the individual humbuckers split as in the stock set up.

Inner/outer coils on  24 fret guitars is useful to me. On a 22 fret guitar, they do not sound much different to my ears so with those I would go for a different set up.

If I install a push-pull for the volume pickup to be able to split the pickups separately, I could also get the bridge HB + neck SC and bridge SC + neck HB that are found on newer PRS guitars but I am not sure how useful these are.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Info about PRS SE 85/15s pickups
« on: July 11, 2022, 08:38:10 AM »
Opened the guitar up for the first time and the pickups are really 58/15S (not 85/15S as spec'd - EDIT: for the current models the specs are indeed 58/15S).

I actually really like the bridge pickup. The neck pickup is dark and probably gets replaced with a Duncan Full Shred neck.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Info about PRS SE 85/15s pickups
« on: July 07, 2022, 10:46:49 AM »
Old thread but since I have a pair of 85/15S pickups at hand I thought I share the specs:

Bridge DCR 8.7 kohms
Neck DCR 8.15 kohms

Readings measured while the pickups are in the guitar so the actual values would be a tad higher (8.8k and 8.2k).
Output is definitely in the hot PAF range.

Cheers Stephan

Everything you wanted to know about .... / Re: Humbucker From Hell
« on: July 01, 2022, 05:54:25 AM »
Overall it definitely does not sound like a single coil - way too much bottom end. To me it sounds like a PAF with an extended treble and high end (which is fine btw), and that extended high end may be what some perceive as "single coil tone".

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: New Tone Charts!?!
« on: July 01, 2022, 05:51:41 AM »
I definitely cannot understand how they arrived at 1.5 bass for the Humbucker from Hell. That thing has as much bass as any PAF out there (at least when used in the neck spot) so to my ears that is definitely off the mark.

They should return to the old system. To cope with four parameters was confusing enough so why add a fifth and more complexity? To add to that, everyone has a different imagination on "mids", "low mids", "high mids" and "treble" anyway.

Here is my "imagination":

Bass - everything up to about 150hz
Low mid - from 150hz to about 300hz
Center mid - from 300hz to about 1500hz
High mid - from 1500hz to about 2500hz
Treble - from 2500hz up

Please feel free to disagree.

Cheers Stephan

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