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I'm thinking the pickups are too low output to split. I think I'll be running them full on all settings.


The Pickup Place / HSS with Stacked Singlecoils - to split or not split?
« on: August 01, 2021, 05:04:43 PM »
Starting a new parts build and decided on a paf 36th neck in the bridge and 2 vv54s.

Positions 2 and 3 will be bridge and middle, and bridge and neck. My question is: should I run the pickups full? or split them in positions 2 and 3?

In position 4 I won't split the vv54s because I've read that there's not much difference full or split.

The Pickup Place / Re: PAF Joe neck and Mo Joe bridge in alder
« on: April 17, 2021, 10:39:02 PM »
I recently replaced a breed neck with the paf joe, and it's great. It pairs nicely with the breed bridge. I thought the breed neck had too much low end compared to the bridge, and it had this sharp pick attack that I disliked. The paf joe is brighter, but it's somehow still smooth and doesn't have the icepicky attack.

There is a slight vol boost when switching from the paf joe to the breed bridge, but I actually like that.

My guitar has a swamp ash body with a bolt on all maple neck with 22 frets. I would not recommend the paf joe for a 24 fret guitar though.

The Pickup Place / Re: Turn an Air Zone into a Tone Zone?
« on: March 22, 2021, 12:00:32 AM »
Interesting food for thought. I have some spare magnets, and I wonder if using an alnico 8 on a stock air zone would be about equal as a stock tone zone

The Pickup Place / Tone Zone - screw vs slug coil
« on: March 20, 2021, 07:38:36 PM »
Anyone have any experience comparing both coils for splitting to? I know the slug coil has a higher dc res, but how does that translate tonally?

The Pickup Place / Re: Middle single in an HSH
« on: March 20, 2021, 07:35:02 PM »
Try a seymour duncan alnico 2 pro (the singlecoil, not the hb). Tried a true velvet, ssl-5, fs1, and sds1 before settling on the a2 pro to pair with breed set. It's low output and warm.

The Pickup Place / Turn an Air Zone into a Tone Zone?
« on: March 18, 2021, 01:24:44 AM »
Is this doable? Are the slug polepieces tapered at the bottom, so I'd need to place metal spacers on both sides of the magnet bar, rather than just on the screw polepieces (as with typical humbuckers)?

I ask because I can't seem to find an f-spaced zebra tone zone to buy (at a reasonable price anyway), but an air zone is available. Read a lot about doing the air mod on tone zones, but not the other way around on the air zone.

couple of ways you could approach this with an HSH setup
with a multipole 5 way switch you could get:

- neck hb
- one neck coil in parallel w middle sc
- one neck coil in parallel w one bridge coil
- one bridge coil in parallel w middle sc
- bridge hb

then add:

a killswitch for the middle sc to get just coil split humbuckers in pos 2 and 4


you could do the az partial tap for the hb's instead of the killswitch, so pos 1 and 5 will be the partially split hb's. pos 2, 3, 4 will remain the same. I'd recommend this if the hb's are low output. otherwise, full coil split is better.

This means no middle sc by itself, which I never found useful anyway, but if it's a must I can come up with some other wiring options for you to consider.

Also, I think you're maybe the power tap feature with parallel wiring on the az? It's actually like a partial split using either a resistor, or a cap, or both resistor and cap to partially ground one of the coils (essentially make one of the coils quieter) to achieve a singlecoil-like sound without a huge volume drop.

I've tried this before, and it's really more useful for low output humbuckers. Just regular coil splitting is more preferable for hot hb's imo.

ok, if I'm interpreting correctly, your guitar currently has this configuration

but you also want this? except for the two hb's in parallel

What exactly are all the combinations you're wanting to get? From what I've read you want

-bridge hb
-neck hb
-brige hb and neck hb
-neck hb in parallel
-middle(?) sc with either hb
-middle sc by itself?

The Pickup Place / Re: Dimarzio Breed bridge with A2 mag?
« on: August 28, 2020, 09:16:29 PM »
Try changing the pots to 250k value ones. I had the same issue as you, the 250k pots tame the highs without muddying up the pickup. Lowers the output a bit as well.

I know this thread is almost a year old, but I'd thought I'd chime in anyway.

Standard duncan singlecoils are south polarity, dimarzios are north. Wind directions are the same, but this doesn't really matter as far as compatibility since you can just swap the hot and ground leads when soldering to change the wind direction.

So for a duncan and dimarzio singlecoil pups to be humcancelling and in phase both need to be standard (according to each brand's specs), but when wiring it up you need to swap the hot and ground on one of the pickups.

In your case, if you have a duncan in the bridge and dimarzios in the middle and neck, to be humcancelling in pos 2 and 4 you'll need a standard true velvet in the middle, and a rwrp true velvet in the neck, and the hot and ground with both pickups will need to be soldered the other way around (as in, if the duncan is wired white-hot, black-ground, the dimarzios will need to be the other way around: black-hot, white-ground)

The Pickup Place / Re: smooth pickup to replace breed neck
« on: May 09, 2020, 08:55:54 PM »
oh i see what you're saying, the air norton too bass heavy to match with anything but the tone zone. that's interesting the eq chart for the air norton is B:6.5/M:7/T:5 while the breed neck is 7.5/7.5/5, but I guess eq isn't everything.

I wish I could just buy the air norton to try, but then I have to drill out the holes in the feet to direct mount it, then I can't exchange it, and it makes it difficult to resale....

The Pickup Place / Re: smooth pickup to replace breed neck
« on: May 09, 2020, 08:38:49 PM »
Do you think being further away from the bridge ina 22 frer guitar would make up for that?

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