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The Pickup Place / Re: Patent numbers gone...
« Last post by HeyNorton! on April 13, 2021, 10:11:57 PM »
Google dimarzio patents or patent numbers.

Look up said numbers

Read all about the technology behind them. There are even diagrams!

Seriously though, I don't there is anything sinister going on there. 

 
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The Pickup Place / Re: PAF 36th vs Duncan '59
« Last post by HeyNorton! on April 13, 2021, 08:49:01 PM »
The 36th neck works great with alot of pickups.

I've used it with a super distortion, a norton, a d'activator, and the 36th bridge.

It is one of my favorite humbuckers. 
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The Pickup Place / Re: Air Zone...Anyone?
« Last post by HeyNorton! on April 13, 2021, 08:28:40 PM »
On a super switch you might want to consider:

1) Bridge Series
2) Bridge + Neck both split
3) Bridge Series + Neck series
4) Neck parallel
5) Neck. 

Keeps you noiseless in all positions, gives you the very useful both buckers on postion, and still a couple stratty sounds.

This is ibanez HH 5 way switching!  You can buy this switch directly from ibanez too. 

Then just follow their diagram and good to go.

Parallel neck is a bit thin usually.  I love the ANs in parallel. But then, it's a 12k dark pickup.  The parallel mode is very stratty. I suspect a brighter humbucker would be thinner.

Inner coils is a fender sound.  Halfway between n/m and b/m. An guitar with a neck rails/ bridge bucker combo split to inner coils parallel adds some Tele vibe to that middle in between sound mentioned above (I love this sound).

This switch is super versatile. You get a neck single coil, a strat in between sound and 3 different ripping humbucker sounds.  Even a strat can't do that!
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The Pickup Place / Re: Al Dimeola Bridge
« Last post by darkbluemurder on April 13, 2021, 08:40:48 AM »
I remember  that they came out in the mid or late 80s together with the Steve Morse and Rick Derringer sets. The Al di Meola and Rick Derringer sets are available from the Custom Shop only.

I was actually always interested in the Al di Meola neck model - any experience on that one?

Cheers Stephan
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The Pickup Place / Re: Can the Tone Zone do low gain?
« Last post by darkbluemurder on April 13, 2021, 08:35:11 AM »
Except for the AirZone I had all of the other three at some time. I still have and use the Super Distortion and AT-1.

Tone Zone and Super Distortion definitely work best in bright guitars. Both have a sizzle in the top end which can be annoying depending on the guitar and amp set up. With the Super Distortion I got rid of that by dropping the load from 500k to about 380k by adding a resistance of 1650 kohms (actually two 3.3 meg ohm resistors in parallel) from hot to ground. This would probably have worked well on the Tone Zone, too but I did not keep that one long enough to try.

AT-1 also works best in brighter guitars. In contrast to the other two it does not have any of the sizzle that the other two have. Midrange is its forte, with a smooth top end.

Cheers Stephan
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The Pickup Place / Re: Air Zone...Anyone?
« Last post by darkbluemurder on April 13, 2021, 08:28:32 AM »
On a super switch you might want to consider:

1) Bridge Series
2) Bridge + Neck both split
3) Bridge Series + Neck series
4) Neck parallel
5) Neck. 

Yes, that is a good one. However, as a tele freak I always miss the bridge parallel option if the guitar does not have it so I do

1) Bridge coils in series
2) Bridge coils in parallel (with a load reducing resistor)
3) Bridge series + neck series
4) Bridge parallel + neck series
5) Neck.

All positions are humcancelling.

Bridge parallel + neck series sounds similar to both humbuckers split, and definitely brighter than position #3.

Cheers Stephan
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The Pickup Place / Re: Can the Tone Zone do low gain?
« Last post by RayBarbeeMusic on April 13, 2021, 01:37:14 AM »
My only concern is having read a couple of replies where the poster thought that the Air Zone took all the great things about the Tone Zone and threw them away.

I'd say the opposite, especially if you want lower gain sound.
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The Pickup Place / Re: Can the Tone Zone do low gain?
« Last post by effectsman on April 13, 2021, 12:00:38 AM »
Have you considered the Air Zone ?

I definitely have. My only concern is having read a couple of replies where the poster thought that the Air Zone took all the great things about the Tone Zone and threw them away. That it was like a neutered Tone Zone. That may be OK though if it makes it a bit lower gain and bit more open sounding.

Air Zone or AT-1.  Norton has plenty of highs, might not be what you want.

So these clean up better by rolling down the volume, or do the low gain sound better?
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The Pickup Place / Re: Can the Tone Zone do low gain?
« Last post by RayBarbeeMusic on April 12, 2021, 09:29:09 PM »
Air Zone or AT-1.  Norton has plenty of highs, might not be what you want.
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The Pickup Place / Re: Can the Tone Zone do low gain?
« Last post by StevenMikel on April 12, 2021, 08:53:07 PM »
 Have you considered the Air Zone ?
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