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The Pickup Place / Re: Pickup similar to AT-1
« on: February 01, 2023, 11:02:22 AM »
That is correct as we have AC signal but the load in that case is only reduced  above the cut-off frequency of the cap - below that the tone pot is isolated from the volume pot. With the large caps like 0.022uf and higher, this is noticeable as the cut-off freq is low. However, I am normally using a cap ten-fold smaller, i.e. 0.0022uf  so the effect is not drastic.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Pickup similar to AT-1
« on: January 30, 2023, 05:29:54 AM »
If so and you’re into magnet swapping try an A2 in that Custom 5.

Actually,  one of  the C5s I have started its life as a Custom Custom until I replace the A2 with A5 :)

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Pickup similar to AT-1
« on: January 30, 2023, 05:28:10 AM »
If you've never tried air norton in the bridge, give it a go.  Really nice paf.

I actually did in several guitars. The only thing is that it may be a bit bright with 500k but I can lower the load until I like it. I 'll give it a shot.


The Pickup Place / Re: Pickup similar to AT-1
« on: January 27, 2023, 03:45:46 AM »
Very interesting discussion. I am on the fence with my AT-1 in the double hum tele  I have  -  one  day I think it is fine and the next I think it's lacking bite. I considered the Air Zone but now it's out since I also don't want darker and/or more compressed.

I probably will try the spare F-spaced Air Norton which is currently not doing anything. I also have a trembucker spaced Duncan Custom 5 that I could try as well. The only thing that is shying me away is that the pickup is mounted in the bridge so that I have to remove the bridge to change the pickup - real work :( and more work if I don't like it so I would definitely like to nail that one on the first try. Unfortunately I don't have a 36th to try.

Cheers Stephan

EDIT for a typo.

The Pickup Place / Re: HB2 vs. Injector Neck
« on: January 24, 2023, 04:09:57 AM »
Heavy Blues 2 and Injector neck are very close in output. The nominal output increase  of the Heavy Blues 2 is compensated by the brighter tone of the Injector neck.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: SSS Strat Pickup Combinations
« on: January 24, 2023, 04:08:14 AM »
I take credit for the cap size, I was doing it before anyone else afaik. 

I experimented with smaller caps (although not that small) before  I had access to the internet but for those specific values Ray is right.

.0015uf cap bridge singles or FT1.  .001uf bridge humbucker (chopper for instance).  .0022uf neck/middle single, .0033uf or .0047uf in parallel positions.  I always use a super switch.  Regular 5 ways are so 1950s and pedantic...

Fully agree on the values, except that I normally use the  same value for everything but the bridge position for simplicity.
The regular switch severely limits the options  because the positions are fixed. Although I use it in the following setup: bridge Lollartron, middle/neck Injector neck - very simple setup, nothing fancy there.

One tone dedicated to bridge only, and it only operates in switch position 1.  2nd tone controls the other 4 positions, but may use different cap sizes in different positions, see above. 

500k (ones that measure 500k plus ONLY) in all positions except when doing the super duper series option wiring (I showed this to Stephan, but I'd appreciate it not being shared). 

A separate tone control for the bridge pickup is very useful. In fact I have one guitar  where the only tone control only controls the bridge pickup - no tone control on the neck pickup.

Again, thanks for the assistance with the wiring. It will not be shared. Any PM requests insofar will be ignored.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Splitting the Injector Neck
« on: January 24, 2023, 03:56:21 AM »
I use it wired as a single coil in an HSH set up. The non-humcancelling does not bother me there as it is never used alone but only together with the split bridge or split neck.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: SSS Strat Pickup Combinations
« on: January 13, 2023, 05:39:25 AM »
1.5nf = 0.0015uf = 1500pf.

The Pickup Place / Re: SSS Strat Pickup Combinations
« on: January 09, 2023, 06:04:15 AM »
I just finished a build for a friend:

-250k pots
-The middle tone control is assigned to the pair of Area 58s using a 22nF cap.
-The outside tone control is assigned to the Area 61 using a  1.8nF cap in series with a 5.1k resistor.

The 1.8nF tone cap really transforms the 61. The low pass, aided by the Gibbs effect, focuses the upper mids to drive an edgy amp into crunch territory. The series resistor optimizes the range of the control. I’m not a fan of the cockled-wah sound that happens when the tone resistance goes to zero.

I am also a fan of small tone caps and use anything from 820pf or 1000pf for a humbucker or 0.0015uf to 0.0022uf for single coils.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Mellowing out Air Norton neck in Charvel So-Cal?
« on: January 02, 2023, 04:12:55 AM »
Wiring the coils in parallel instead of series would make it brighter, not less bright.

The Pickup Place / Re: SSS Strat Pickup Combinations
« on: January 02, 2023, 04:10:50 AM »
That is exactly why I prefer 67 neck and 58 middle and not the other way round. The 58 in the middle seems to work well with the 67 in the neck and with a hotter bridge pickup. It also works well with a VV 54 Pro in the neck.

The Pickup Place / Re: SSS Strat Pickup Combinations
« on: December 29, 2022, 02:56:50 AM »
I use the following SSS combinations (going from bridge to neck, favorite models highlighted in bold):

Virtual Solo or Injector bridge
Area 58 or 61
Area 67 or Virtual Vintage 54 Pro, depending how bright the guitar is

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: SDS-1 vs Lace Sensor Purple
« on: December 27, 2022, 04:25:53 AM »
I still have a Big Nine-O although it is not in a guitar at the moment. It has more of a P90 tone than a hot strat single coil. Only used it in the bridge position of a strat. Before that the guitar had a Chopper, afterwards an Injector bridge. It is a bit brighter than the Chopper but not by much. Injector bridge is definitely brighter.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: SDS-1 vs Lace Sensor Purple
« on: December 23, 2022, 03:46:59 AM »
PS - and to address your topic fully: I am not familiar with the Lace Sensor Purple.

The Pickup Place / Re: SDS-1 vs Lace Sensor Purple
« on: December 23, 2022, 03:46:02 AM »
Jake E. Lee used SDS-1 in neck and middle in his Charvel so yeah if that is what you are going for, even the Virtual Vintage Heavy Blues 2 would be too bright, let alone the Injector neck.

Injector bridge would be a good choice since (1) it is more powerful and less bright than the HB2, (2) it does not hum, which comes in handy for the gainier sounds and (3) the magnets are Alnico 2 so that there is less string pull, which is important in the neck and middle positions. How bright it is exactly in the neck position I cannot say as I have only used it in the bridge positions of three different strats, although in one it was a direct replacement for the HB2. It is still a strat sounding pickup though, even though it does not have the typical ice pick in the bridge position.

Going by specs, FT-1 may be an alternative but I never played one. SatchTrack maybe - haven't played that either, though. Chopper is more of a hot PAF sound and not a hot single coil sound.

Hope that helps

The Virtual Solo has Alnico 5 which has more string pull so it should be avoided for the neck position.

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