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The Pickup Place / Re: Help wiring hss with dpdt
« on: November 03, 2020, 02:33:19 am »
Yes, that would be pretty straight forward - take a strat wiring of your choice and add the Dpdt split switch to the humbucker.

If you have two tone controls, I would use one for neck and middle and one for the bridge pickup. That would also allow you to choose different tone caps for the singles and the humbucker which I personally find very useful.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Strings not aligned on pickup poles?
« on: November 02, 2020, 03:36:06 am »

Do you hear any string having lower output than the others? If not, it is a visual issue first and foremost. The good thing - at least by looking at your pictures - is that the strings run inside the polepieces and should therefore be well within the magnetic field.

I personally only encountered volume difference problems where the high e ran outside the polepieces. I actually have one guitar where the neck pickup string spacing looks pretty much like yours, and no audible problem.

So I would say keep on playing that axe if you like its feeling.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Help wiring hss with dpdt
« on: November 02, 2020, 03:30:30 am »

what combinations do you exactly want?

Do you want Neck, Neck+Middle, Middle, Middle+Bridge, Bridge and the option to put the Bridge in parallel? Then it would be easiest to take a strat diagram and combine it with a push-pull diagram to put the humbucker in series or parallel mode.

Or do you want to switch two pickups in series instead of the regular parallel operation?

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Norton vs. Air Norton in bridge position
« on: October 28, 2020, 03:54:41 am »
I had them both but in two very different guitars. The Air Norton is in the bridge of a "normal bright" strat together with an Area 67 neck and Virtual vintage 54 Pro in the middle - I like this combination. The Norton was in a rather dark strat - there it sounded ... dark. I converted that to SSS and have a Kinman Big Nine O in the bridge spot which is just bright enough in that guitar. The Norton has definitely more output than the Air Norton, and I would guess more low end as well.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Pickups for a Les Paul style / sound
« on: October 19, 2020, 08:17:13 am »
Classic rock/classic heavy rock to me is 70s and early 80s. That was the time when everybody wanted more power from the bridge pickup - hence the classic combo PAF neck and Super Distortion bridge. For something less hot in the DiMarzio line up I would look at Norton (hotter PAF type) or, if you do not mind to have more midrange, AT-1, maybe AirZone (no personal experience with that one though).

Cheers Stephan

The mini bar (off topic & misc) / First time use of Ignore List
« on: October 13, 2020, 11:15:11 am »
I never thought that I would ever use this feature but given the recent spamming going on here, I added three "users" to my ignore list. I suggest they be banned from this forum as all they are doing is wasting storage capacity.

The Pickup Place / Re: Rip Van Halen
« on: October 07, 2020, 10:43:19 am »
+1. Even though he was not a direct influence on my playing (I always thought I could never do this - still can't), I will treasure all VH records up to VH III.

Very sad to see him go.

Guitar Lounge / Re: Reborn as the Switch Bluebird
« on: October 06, 2020, 03:38:47 am »
Cool project, and cool job! Have fun with that axe,


Guitar Lounge / Re: New neck time.
« on: October 06, 2020, 03:35:41 am »
That lead guitarist is Mark Tremonti. Nothing to do with the thread BTW.

The Pickup Place / Re: Info about PRS SE 85/15s pickups
« on: September 28, 2020, 12:31:58 pm »
It is very difficult to compare listed specs of different manufacturers. Not even of the same manufacturer ... A better comparison would be someone that replaced the 85/15 with something different, and that would also only be correct for that particular guitar.

Never played a Steve's Special but I have the DLX Plus - it is actually in a guitar that has a PRS shape and similar construction (mahogany body with maple top, set neck mahogany neck, rosewood board and wraparound bridge). I think it compliments the guitar very well. PRS guitars tend to be rich in the midrange so a pickup that is not midhyped such as the Steve's Special should work well.

A few years ago somebody complained on this forum about the honky tone of his PRS Custom and later solved the problem with a Transition bridge. 

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: Chimey Humbuckers?
« on: September 28, 2020, 02:58:48 am »
Difficult to say how much the pickups contribute to the overall tone in this video. The guitar may be bright to begin with, and amp settings may also have an influence.

The neck pickup is definitely very chimey, and that is rare. I doubt I can get that chime with the Bluesbucker - maybe I can with the guitar that has the Duncan Full Shred neck in it but that guitar is bright as well.

For the bridge pickup, anything with a PAF tonality and a bit more output should get in the ballpark.

Never tried a Kiesel pickup. I have an older Carvin in my parts box but that one is everything but chimey.

Cheers Stephan

The Pickup Place / Re: One coil with more winds?
« on: September 25, 2020, 03:15:24 am »
I'd recommend doing a series/parallel switch rather than a split, because you get a bit more output and it doesn't thin out your sound as much as a split, especially with a single-sized humbucker.

+ you retain the humbucking effect.

The Pickup Place / Re: JP Neck Pickups
« on: September 25, 2020, 03:12:42 am »
Harlow, I really like your descriptions as they not only cover sound but also feel and are put in context. I think this is really helpful.

Cheers Stephan

Guitar Lounge / Re: Frankenstein Bass Question
« on: September 23, 2020, 01:37:31 pm »

Fucked Up But All Right, Stephan

You were faster than I was - many thanks nonetheless! And I fully agree to your recommendations to OP.

Cheers Stephan

Guitar Lounge / Re: Frankenstein Bass Question
« on: September 23, 2020, 02:34:36 am »
What does FUBAR mean?

EDIT - I googled and found "fouled up beyond all recognition".

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