Posted 14 March 2018 - 11:51 PM
i realized recently that, for the most part, all my guitars have high(er) output pickups, which doesn't really lead to a lot of versatility. i decided i want at least a couple with lower output / cleaner sounds, so that lead to two projects:
1. different pickups for the gp. i picked up a dimarzio bluesbucker from big jilm last week and put that in the neck. i then moved a 59 from the mockingbird (put a tone zone in its place) and put it into the bridge of the gp. the combination sounds great, and pretty much nails what i was hoping to get.
2. a strat-style guitar. i still have my great strat neck that used to be on the tele, and realized a few weeks ago that i still have a roadstar body sitting around unused. i scooped a set of duncan antiquities from ebay & picked up needed parts at precision last week. i started the assembly, but i'm waiting on the pickups. they are set to arrive tomorrow, so i'll probably get it all finished this weekend. pretty stoked.
Posted 15 March 2018 - 12:06 AM
I've moved to medium output pickups not just for output and clean sounds, but for amp headroom/tone too. I find that even high output passive pickups can be too much for some amps when you start cranking the gain, and it becomes harder to get to the sweet spot before the amp starts getting fuzzy. I figured it was just a matter of turning down the gain but an amps tone characteristics sound different at 3 than they do at 7 (obviously cuz more gain, but I mean how the gain structure reacts and how it all hits the power section).
Posted 16 March 2018 - 11:40 AM
Haha, the middle pickup is all slanted too. To be fair, the pickups, hardware, and neck alone are probably worth close to the asking price.
Speaking of Reverb items, this has me asking a question I never thought I would: How do you measure resistance of a 2-wire humbucker? Do you have to take it apart and measure the coils individually?
That is the same kind of pickup I have in the bridge of my Jaguar right now, and I measured it the same way you would a single coil...checking the resistance between the hot wire and the ground wire (in this case the shielding). That returned something like 8.3K. That's in line with that "one side" comment. And many other listings of this same pickup have it reading 16K+. So which is it?
Edit: Read that you can check it by plugging in a cable, making sure the pots are all the way up, then measuring tip / sleeve of the other end of the cable. But that doesn't sound like it'd be very accurate.
Posted 16 March 2018 - 01:08 PM
That pickup is a "Dirty Fingers" with a coil tap. The full reading is around 16K. Gibson just did the taps that way instead of the way every other maker has done them. If one of those leads doesn't show the full 16K, I'd suspect that the pickup has been boogered.
Posted 16 March 2018 - 03:38 PM
Hah, I didn't even look at those pictures showing it has a tap. Duh. That's interesting though. I had no idea the Dirty Fingers pickups were modeled after a 70s design. Entirely possible mine has a problem, but, it doesn't sound like it. It's got plenty of perceivable output (although it isn't much louder the the Jaguar neck pickup, so I suppose that's questionable). More importantly, it works, sounds good, and has no hum. Maybe it's something else? Not familiar with what all Gibson was using in the late 70s / early 80s, and there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of info online. I can say it's not a "T-top" though.
Posted 16 March 2018 - 04:47 PM
The Dirty Fingers was Gibson's answer to the Dimarzio Super Distortion and show up in the late 70s. The first ones were T-Tops and the model continued into the post T-Top era. They are identifiable by the double screw coils and three ceramic magnets.
So the pickup in your Jag has two screw coils?
Posted 16 March 2018 - 09:01 PM
So I wanna put a new pickguard on one of my guitars, and the only one I have laying around is this ugly pearloid one, so I was like "I'll just take the pearloid layer off." Dudes I had no idea how many layers a pickguard has! The first layer that came off was this clear plastic one, and I finally got the pearloid to start peeling up, this is hella fun.
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