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Everything you wanted to know about .... / Re: The Breed
« on: May 12, 2021, 02:55:02 AM »
Incidently I first tried it in the bridge position but did not like it much there - could have been the guitar though.

It was indeed the guitar. Further experiments with the Breed neck in the bridge yielded results which were much more pleasant to my ears.

The Pickup Place / Re: Active/Passive Pickup Question
« on: May 10, 2021, 02:52:42 AM »
I certainly prefer passive pickups to actives but unfortunately, many of the guitars I like seem to come with EMG pickups fitted as standard. If I were to change the stock pickups to passives, I realise that I would have to change all of the electronics. I've done this before when changing passive pickups to alternative passive pickups and changed pots and caps at the same time, but is it just the same when going active to passive or is there something else involved that makes it more difficult?

As most active pickups use 25k pots these would load passive pickups way too much so yes, changing them to 250k or 500k is the right approach.

One other thing to consider is that if you have EMGs right now, chances are that your strings are not grounded so you may get some buzz, especially when using uncovered pickups and the conductor wires are not shielded (with humbuckers they mostly are). If the guitar comes factory stock with EMGs it may not have a wire channel for the wire that connects the bridge to the ground. If that is the case and the buzz annoys you, the only thing is to route for this channel.

Obviously this is not a problem with guitars that have been retrofitted from passive to EMGs - in that case the wire channel will be there as the string ground was used before.

Good luck,

Everything you wanted to know about .... / Re: HS-3
« on: May 07, 2021, 03:00:05 AM »
Yes, because the lower coil not only cancels hum but also output signal. That was always a problem in the pickups with identical or near identical stacked coils. In that regard, the design is somewhat dysfunctional. To counteract, more turns of very small diameter wire were used - hence the high DC resistance. Designers like Bill Lawrence tried to shield the coils from each other to counteract the signal cancelling, thus being able to use less turns on the coils. The Area series pickups use a dummy coil of much lower resistance - probably also with a larger diameter wire.

In fact many HS-2 users use this pickup in single coil mode. I never used a HS-2 but I have used the HS-1 and the HS-3.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: PG13s for Epiphone Casino Coupe
« on: May 06, 2021, 03:20:19 AM »
Welcome to the forum!

I have no experience with the PG13s. My favorite mini humbucker is the DiMarzio Vintage Mini (DP-240) which is the brightest of the bunch. Single coil like highs but fuller overall, coupled with a tight low end. Probably not the no. 1 choice for jazz but since I don't play jazz I am not the best person to ask.

If you want more of a PAF type tone in a mini humbucker format, you can seek out the older mini humbucker (DP-168).

I have written reviews on both pickups in the "Everything you wanted to know" subforum.


Guitar Lounge / Re: Appreciation for Fret Work
« on: May 06, 2021, 03:14:53 AM »
Yes, that's what I did in an attempt to remove the rise in the tongue. As I was not fully successful I will file the last six frets down even more. These are 6100 frets so there is plenty of height.

The frets below the 14th fret are fine.

Cheers Stephan

Guitar Lounge / Re: Appreciation for Fret Work
« on: May 03, 2021, 02:38:29 AM »
I used 1500 or 2000 grit sandpaper to do the buff. I think somewhere in the back of the large cupboard is still some 0000 steel wool left which would probably have done it even better. No problem though as I have to redo it anyway on the last guitar I did. With that I progressively lowered the last 8 frets but while it improved a bit the improvement was not enough. I will do the last 6 frets again on that one.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Which Pickup Features Which Technique
« on: April 28, 2021, 09:22:46 AM »
Updated AT-1, Crunch Lab and Liquifire info from the excellent reviews by DarthPineas.

The Pickup Place / Re: Which Pickup Features Which Technique
« on: April 28, 2021, 02:43:34 AM »
I updated the list in the first post on the basis of a 2005 catalogue. Any information on the post 2005 models is highly appreciated.

The Pickup Place / Re: Patent numbers gone...
« on: April 27, 2021, 09:43:25 AM »
New thread opened and stickied.

As to the cookies issue I have to let Budd comment on that.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Which Pickup Features Which Technique
« on: April 27, 2021, 03:01:54 AM »
Here is a list of the techniqes employed by various DiMarzio models in alphabetical order. This list will be updated regularly.

36th Anniversary PAF Bridge (DP-223) - Airbucker
AT-1 - Airbucker, Virtual Vintage
Air Classic - Airbucker
Air Norton - Airbucker, Dual Resonance
Air Zone - Airbucker, Dual Resonance
Blaze II, Neck, Bridge, Custom - Dual Resonance
Bluesbucker - Virtual Vintage, Airbucker
Breed (neck and bridge) - none
Crunch Lab - Dual Resonance, Virtual Vintage
D-Sonic - Dual Resonance, Virtual Vintage
DLX Plus (neck and bridge) - Dual Resonance
Dual Sound - none
Evolution (neck and bridge) - Dual Resonance
EJ Custom (neck and bridge) - Virtual Vintage
Evo 2 - Dual Resonance, Virtual Vintage
Fred - Dual Resonance
Gravity Storm Neck (not quite sure) - Airbucker, Virtual Vintage
Gravity Storm Bridge - none (?)
Hot Minibucker (DP-198) - Airbucker
Humbucker from Hell - Dual Resonance
Liquifire - Airbucker, Virtual Vintage
Megadrive - Dual Resonance
Minibucker (DP-168) - Dual Resonance, Airbucker
Mo Joe - Dual Resonance
Norton - Dual Resonance
PAF (DP-103) - none
PAF Classic (neck and bridge) - Airbucker, Virtual Vintage
Paf Joe - Virtual Vintage
Paf Pro - none
Steve's Special - Dual Resonance
Super 2 - none
Super Distortion - none
Tone Zone - Dual Resonance
Virtual PAF (neck and bridge) - Airbucker, Virtual Vintage
Virtual Hot PAF - Airbucker, Virtual Vintage
X2N - none

The Pickup Place / Re: Patent numbers gone...
« on: April 27, 2021, 02:56:46 AM »
OK, if you don't mind I will take your post and open a sticky. BTW Fred has Dual Resonance, so has Mo Joe.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Patent numbers gone...
« on: April 26, 2021, 03:11:21 AM »
Actually the description of the technologies and the patent numbers are in here:

Which means that we only need to collect which pickup has what. Do you want stickies for each technology? The disadvantage of that would be that for pickups that employ more technologies than one you would have to look into each sticky. Or we could do one covering all technologies which would need regular updates in order to remain clear (which I would then take care of). Please let me know.

Cheers Stephan

Just curious: have you got booted off by other TGP members or by TGP moderators? If moderators that would be a shame as nothing in your post even bordered a rule violation. If other members then they should be told that wording an opinion is not a rule violation in itself and does not warrant any personal attacks whatsoever. In addition, it is not for members to warn about rule violations - that's what moderators are for :)

As for the rest I fully agree that most of the vintage hype is what I would diplomatically call creative marketing. And it is effective since by now the real vintage stuff is rare so that the vast majority of the guitar playing crowd have never come close to it.

Cheers Stephan

Guitar Lounge / Appreciation for Fret Work
« on: April 22, 2021, 04:54:48 AM »
Since it has become increasingly difficult to take instruments to shops/luthiers to get work done I started doing more and more work myself whenever I get the chance. What I did during the course of the last few months was:

- fret leveling and crowning
- removing fret sprouts

Removing fret sprouts went surprisingly well. The neck no longer feels like a nailboard, and I completed the work in less than an hour. Certainly not professional quality but it worked.

The first guitar I leveled the frets on was my former no. 1 guitar I used with the last band I played in. For some reason it had a buzzy grating sound. I checked and found it had a slight rising tongue. I then marked the last six frets with a sharpie and filed them until the marks were gone. Then I repeated this with the last five frets, then the last four and so on. Then I recrowned and polished the frets. When I put on new strings and checked again the rise was gone, and the guitar plays a lot cleaner now. Again, certainly not professional quality but it works well now. The exercise was definitely worth it but the work was harder and more time consuming than I thought it would be. Kudos to all techs who do a good job on such things and are willing to do it.

I repeated the process on another guitar which improved as well but not to the same degree as the first one. I may need to redo that one some time in the future.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: The feel and response of air pickups
« on: April 20, 2021, 03:59:35 PM »
The 36th also has increased inductance due to small iron slugs installed into the bottom of the bobbin between the pole screws. That warms up the tone.

Yes, that is the Virtual Vintage technology. From the top side it is invisible.

Cheers Stephan

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