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The Pickup Place / A5 in Transition bridge?
« Last post by RayBarbeeMusic on January 16, 2021, 07:43:08 pm »
Anyone tried that?
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The Pickup Place / Dimarzio HSS suggestions
« Last post by Armando1228 on January 16, 2021, 11:07:13 am »
Good morning everyone I'm new here. If I'm in the wrong please I apologize. Wanted to inquire on some HSS help and suggestions. Currently own Nick Johnston Diamond series and although pickups are ok the bridge pickup is less desirable and a bit muddy and clear. Driving it isn't all to great either I simply can't get it capture a good pinch harmonic or push the mids and highs the way I want them. I do currently have a Mo joe new in box and would appreciate any advice since more than likely would be changing all three. The neck single coil I'd like to have a clean but bell like quality when I switch to neck position . The middle subtle but quiet in 2nd and 4rth positions . Only thing I can thing of is area 58 and 61 to perhaps match mo joe without a sudden increase or drop in volume. Tone volume is a push pull as well. Thanks in advance

Armando
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The Pickup Place / Re: Super Distortion vs 36th Anniversary bridge
« Last post by darkbluemurder on January 12, 2021, 03:27:32 am »
Even with 500k pots I found that the SD has a sizzly top end - this may be what you referred to as "ceramic top end". I got rid of it by adding a resistor from hot to ground to bring the total load to about 380k. Gone was the fizzy top end and what is left is just great tone. So before swapping the SD out, try a 470k resistor from the hot connection of the pickup to ground and see if you like the effect.

Just noticed that my math was slightly off - with 470k in parallel to 1M you will get a load of about 330k. To get a load of about 380k as I suggested you would need to add a 680k resistor (you will get about 400k) or a 560k (you will get about 360k).  The closest would be to add two 1.2 meg ohm resistors (=600k), which would give you about 375k.

Cheers Stephan
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The Pickup Place / Re: Norton vs. Air Norton in bridge position
« Last post by darkbluemurder on January 12, 2021, 03:22:55 am »
Actually I replaced a Virtual Hot PAF with an Air Norton in one of my strats (used both with 250k volume), and to my ears they have about the same output but the Air Norton has slightly more mids. Other pickups on the guitar are Area 58 middle and Area 67 neck. In #2 the Air Norton and the Area 58 get split with the neck side coil of the AN active - quacks just fine to me.
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The Pickup Place / Re: Super Distortion vs 36th Anniversary bridge
« Last post by greenlion on January 11, 2021, 05:31:23 pm »
I'd be willing to be that the "ceramic top end" you are hearing is just the 1meg pot letting too much high end through. Most humbuckers are designed to run best with 500k pots. Change that out first and see how you like the Super D.
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The Pickup Place / Re: Super Distortion vs 36th Anniversary bridge
« Last post by RayBarbeeMusic on January 11, 2021, 01:27:03 pm »
Not at all the same animal or the same sound. 

As noted, ditch the 1meg pots or anything will be shrill.

36th:  much tighter lows, more vocal mids.  Bright but not the glass-scratching bright of the SD.
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The Pickup Place / Re: Super Distortion vs 36th Anniversary bridge
« Last post by darkbluemurder on January 10, 2021, 02:48:21 pm »
Even with 500k pots I found that the SD has a sizzly top end - this may be what you referred to as "ceramic top end". I got rid of it by adding a resistor from hot to ground to bring the total load to about 380k. Gone was the fizzy top end and what is left is just great tone. So before swapping the SD out, try a 470k resistor from the hot connection of the pickup to ground and see if you like the effect.

Good luck,
Stephan
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The Pickup Place / Re: Dimarzio tech support MIA?
« Last post by alexh9 on January 10, 2021, 12:56:05 am »
I've heard that they stopped production for a few months, but have been getting back to work recently, slowly fulfilling orders. A bunch of dealers have been backordered for months.
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The Pickup Place / Re: Dimarzio tech support MIA?
« Last post by buddroyce on January 10, 2021, 12:21:42 am »
Almost seems like they've stopped production.

I wouldn't be surprised if that was the case. Although I wish there was some mention of the suspension of operations somewhere.
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The Pickup Place / Re: Super Distortion vs 36th Anniversary bridge
« Last post by buddroyce on January 10, 2021, 12:08:03 am »
It wouldn't really be a fair to compare the two as they're two different classes of pickups. I've had both and I know what you mean by the SD having that ceramic top end. I'd probably try raising it and rolling down the tone control a tad to see if that helps with the top end.

The PAF 36th Bridge is a great pickup but I always found that it was a bit lacking in terms of output and used a clean boost or an overdrive pedal helped give it the output I needed. Never found them too bright or too middy though. Granted I've mostly used 500k and 550k pots in my guitars.

Have you considered just swapping the 1meg pots for 500k ones?
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