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The Pickup Place / Replace baseplate?
« Last post by Audiowonderland on May 15, 2021, 10:38:08 PM »
I had to drill out the mounting holes on a set gravity storms to direct mount them in an Ibanez. Is their a way to repair or replace the baseplate to use them in another guitar?
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The Pickup Place / Re: The feel and response of air pickups
« Last post by Audiowonderland on May 15, 2021, 09:31:04 PM »
I have an air zone in an ash RG hardtail that seems quite bright acoustically. The air zone is a touch dull. Not really a fan to be honest.  The air classic in the neck is better but I think a set of 36 anniversary PAFS might be a better option. The gravity storms in a mahogany RG hardtail seem dark too
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The Pickup Place / Tele neck PU to compliment Chopper bridge
« Last post by iGeetjis on May 14, 2021, 03:45:36 PM »
i have a 2015 American Standard Tele. single neck PU, Reilander, and SD Pearly Gate single humbucker.  i tried to like the Pearly Gate but it's not happening. so i want to replace it with the DiMarzio Chopper T in bridge. i figure i might as well replace the neck too.

i don't want a very twangy neck pu though. i like the Tele neck to lean more to an agressive warm type tone. this guitar usually plays bluesy stuff, power chord types. but i do try my hand at 3 note/shell voicings attempting to sound a little jazzy.

with that written, can i get a few neck PU recommendations to compliment the Chopper T pls. 
tia

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The Pickup Place / Re: PG13s for Epiphone Casino Coupe
« Last post by Crane on May 14, 2021, 01:46:09 AM »
Some guy sells them on ebay and reverb. Pretty cool eh? They are not the best quality in that they are not sanded to a smooth finish on the edges. And the plastic scratches easily. But they are thin and flex onto the Casino Coupe body which is concave under the neck pickup.




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"Gilbert likely submitted an abstract request that the neck pickup of the set sound like refried beans or something."

That's hilarious! If I ever hit the big time, I will remember that request, but shorten it to "make me a set of pickups that sound like a fart".
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Everything you wanted to know about .... / Re: HS-3
« Last post by Guitar74 on May 13, 2021, 12:12:38 PM »
I actually had that issue with my first one, and quickly learned to lower my bridge humbucker to help even things out.
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The Pickup Place / Re: Pickup selection
« Last post by Neon_Knight_ on May 13, 2021, 10:38:51 AM »
You've probably got your new pickups by now, but in case you haven't:

The neck D Activator has very similar output and EQ to the Super 2, which was designed to be paired with a Super Distortion (and arguably pairs even better with the Super 3 bridge pickup). 
If you want to play hard rock / metal with high-end cut from your neck pickup, without the risk of it getting thin or brittle, either D Activator or Super 2 would be a great choice.  I don't think you could go wrong with either.
D Activator is more articulate and is the most harmonic neck pickup I know of (more harmonics than some bridge humbuckers!).  Super 2 has slightly more low-mids. 

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Until recently, the patents listed for each product were the most pertinent/reality-based technical info Dimarzio was willing to share about their many distinct and proprietary flavors of vanilla. The product descriptions are mere ads, ranging from boilerplate to nonsensical (“Thundering cloud of ice cream”, anyone?); and should be taken with a grain of salt.

The description seems to reference their “dual resonance” patent, which consists of winding a humbucker’s two coils to different resistance measurements (e.g. an 8k humbucker with coils measuring 3.9k and 4.1k). Dimarzio achieves this in a few different ways, depending on the design. Essentially, the intended result is for the phase cancellation between two different coils wired in series to produce a pickup timbre that seems to emphasize whichever particular frequencies aren’t being cancelled out.

Steve Blucher has been experimenting with this for at least thirty years; so Gilbert likely submitted an abstract request that the neck pickup of the set sound like refried beans or something. Steve likely felt that the prototype Paul approved sounded more like a single coil than humbucker, and that impression subsequently made it into the ad copy.

Concerning coils: Dimarzio pickups have, at most, two coils/bobbins. I recall some goofy three-coil humbuckers from 20 years ago, but that’s it. Every Dimarzio humbucker (with the partial exception of the Bluesbucker) is “intended” to be mounted with the screw coil facing “out”, but you’re free to flip them around if you feel they sound better. Dimarzio addresses this here:

https://www.dimarzio.com/node/1723

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I am trying to find more info. about DiMarzio pickups and it is not easy. I am looking at the PG13s and the neck version says "The coils are individually tuned to capture overtones that resemble a single-coil yet maintain low-end definition." What does that mean? Are there individual coils for each magnet/string? or 2 bobbins? And does that mean that the neck pickup should placed in the guitar with the screws closer to the neck? (because the individual coil for the high e strings needs to be under the high e string) Does the bridge version of the PG13 have a similar build?  Help
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Everything you wanted to know about .... / Re: The Breed
« Last post by darkbluemurder 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.
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