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News & New Guys / Re: Big Server Update!
« on: December 03, 2020, 02:39:11 am »
:madness: :madness: :madness: :madness:
The bad news?
Some of you may have lost your avatars, but that just gives you an excuse to find a new one.

It was gone for a short while but now it returned :)

The Pickup Place / Re: Chimey Humbuckers?
« on: December 02, 2020, 02:41:37 am »
BTW an easy and inexpensive way to get more brightness out of a humbucker is to wire the coils in parallel instead of in series. However, if you leave it at that you will find that it is now too bright in most cases. But if you add a 470k resistor in parallel with a small cap (0.001 to 0.0033uf) from the hot output to ground tames any excessive brightness (thanks to RayBarbeeMusic for this idea). I just did that on a guitar which had an 80s OBL L500 XL in the bridge which had way too much output and distorted almost anything it was plugged into.

Cheers Stephan

News & New Guys / Re: Big Server Update!
« on: December 02, 2020, 02:35:38 am »
I like the new looks. And posts indeed seem to be uploaded faster than before. I will test the search function next and report.

Good job so far, and thanks Budd for all your effort.

Cheers Stephan

Meanwhile I put it in the bridge position of one of my strats. The other pickups are my go tos Area 67 neck, Area 58 middle. Volume balance is excellent. But even though it is hotter than a vintage style strat pickup it still screams "STRAT BRIDGE" very loudly - certainly nothing humbuckerish or P90ish about it. It is a good tone even though a bit bright but not in an obnoxious way. I think I will drop the load on it a bit and then I should be there for that guitar.

The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio Chrome Covers
« on: November 30, 2020, 02:33:39 am »
I have not used DiMarzios with chrome covers but if they are supposed to reduce hum from outside interferences they have to be conductive and be connected to ground.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Advice on a HSS set up
« on: November 20, 2020, 12:04:39 pm »
Very good wiring suggestion. Two powerful tones (bridge, neck), two strat-like tones (bridge split + middle, neck split + middle) and one tele-like tone (bridge split + neck split).

The challenge is to get everything humcancelling. You will need the following polarity stagger with Harlow's suggestion (from bridge to neck)

1) If the middle is a south coil: N/S-S-N/S
2) If the middle is a north coil: S/N-N-S/N

If you don't have a polarity tester you can test with another magnet (can be a pickup - I use an old SDS-1 for this purposes - that poor pickup will never see a guitar again, it's just used as a polarity tester) and just note whether the coil you are testing is attracted or repelled (then note A or R and going from the middle pickup, set the pickups accordingly).

Good luck,

The Pickup Place / Re: Advice on a HSS set up
« on: November 18, 2020, 01:50:14 pm »
I always used the Injector neck with 500k pots - it sounds fine to me that way. I would not mind the 500k pots also for the True Velvet if you are only going to use it in combination with one of the other pickups.

Other candidates would be the Dark Matter 2 middle, the FS-1 or the Red Velvet.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Advice on a HSS set up
« on: November 18, 2020, 12:08:06 pm »

Interesting project.

The Crunch Lab is a pickup billed as high output so your choice for the Air Norton S for the neck position makes sense insofar that the outputs should be roughly balanced (keep in mind that you do not need as much output in the neck position as the string vibrates more over that position than at the bridge).

A compromise in tone in a HSS set up can result from the value of the volume pot - usually, humbuckers are  used with 500k ohm pots whereas single coils are usually used with 250k ohm pots. Since both the CL and the ANS are humbuckers, they should work well with 500k ohm pots, and that is what I would recommend to use with these.

Now the middle pickup - that depends on what you want to achieve. Do you use the middle pickup alone or mainly with either the bridge or the neck humbucker? If you are mainly interested in solo middle tones, another ANS or a Chopper, maybe a Satch Track could be considered. If you only use the middle pickup in combination with either the bridge split or neck split, a pickup like the True Velvet could work well there.

My personal favorite single for HSS is the Injector neck, which works great in HSS set ups for every H up to a Norton or AT-1. A Crunch Lab could be too much output though.

Good luck with your project and keep us posted,

The Pickup Place / Re: my experience with two Dimarzios and maybe advice
« on: November 17, 2020, 02:28:17 am »
It sounds like you want something close to a PAF tone but with more output. In the DiMarzio line up that is probably the Norton.
Unfortunately I do not have a direct comparison as I never played the Transition or the PAF Master.

Cheers Stephan

Gear Closet / Re: So I have a few delays and swirly things
« on: November 16, 2020, 02:44:55 am »

Looks like you either really love Chorus (and why not - it's great) or tried hard to find one you like. Congrats on that Ibanez Analog Delay.

Cheers Stephan

Everything you wanted to know about .... / MOVED: "GIFMEN" pickups?
« on: November 11, 2020, 11:16:59 am »
This topic has been moved to The Pickup Place as it does not describe the tonal properties of a specific model.

The Pickup Place / Re: Bridge pup to match Neck Virtual P90
« on: November 05, 2020, 02:31:58 am »
Bluesbucker does not sound like a P90, more like a lower output PAF.

I have an older catalog where they quoted 260mV for the Bluesbucker - I think now it is only 224mV. Not sure if the actual specs changed but my example is certainly much closer to 224mV. I have it in the neck spot of a bright guitar where it keeps up very well with a Super Distortion in the bridge.

Very little information on the Fantom 90 out there. I am not even sure if they are yet available in Europe - never have seen one.

The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio Collection SSH (250R) pickup info
« on: November 04, 2020, 12:06:38 pm »
Hi and welcome to the forum!

I would recommend sending an E-Mail to DiMarzio. I did that once to identify a set of pickups I wanted to sell to make sure I did not misrepresent them, and the team at DiMarzio was very helpful.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Bridge pup to match Neck Virtual P90
« on: November 04, 2020, 02:58:46 am »
Hi and welcome to the forum!

If you want a balanced set I would recommend something stronger than the Virtual P90 for the bridge but guitars have been factory loaded with equal pickups for both positions for decades and were fine to many folks.

The DLX Plus would be a fine choice. I have both the bridge and the neck versions but I only ever used the bridge version in the bridge, but I am sure the neck version would work equally well and should be closer in output and tone to the Virtual P90. Even though the specified output ratings are high, it does not come across that hot since it has a somewhat flatter midrange response.

If you look on the used market, sometimes the DLX-90 pops up. That would be a fine pickup to get for the bridge position - very PAF like in tone and response.

If you want hot, then there are the Super Distortion and the Tone Zone in P90 form factor.

I honestly have no idea whether DiMarzio changed the specs in the Virtual P90.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: HSS guitar with Tone Zone and your suggestions ?
« on: November 03, 2020, 10:03:49 am »
I would first play the guitar once it arrives and see whether you like the Tone Zone in the bridge. The Tone Zone has mega output - any single coil will be quite a bit lower in output, even something like an Injector neck (which would be my choice to pair with a humbucker as it has more output than a vintage type single coil such as the True Velvet and works with 500k volume pots, which you will need with a humbucker as hot as the Tone Zone).

I am not at all familiar with the S1 pickups - no idea how they sound or how much output they have.

Cheers Stephan

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