Wiring Help! (Dimarzio FRED)
Sorry about the second thread but I ended up getting my RGT320 (AMAZING guitar btw) and I also got a FRED to replace the stock bridge pickup.
I checked all the connections and they were all solid, heres my main question about the wiring....
The Question: When swapping from a Dimarzio/IBZ pickup do you replace the color coded wires? (example red for red, white and black for white and black, green for green, and bare with bare? The only problem I can think of is something gone wrong with the wiring.
What I did was replace the red wire on the same lug, the black and white on the same one, the green to ground and the bare to ground with the ground of the neck pup, anything here I did wrong?
Heres the problem:
There was no thickness to it, almost no bass. The higher strings were pretty damn clear although they sounded VERY thin, the lower strings sounded somewhat muddy. There was almost no power and barely any output. There was no 'sweetness' which I found very strange especially from a pickup that was custom designed by Satch. There was also no string or harmonic feedback that you get from sustaining a note for too long; which is something I LOVED about the stock bridge Dimarzio/IBZ I replaced. In all honesty I thought the neck IBZ on the guitar was a better lead pickup by at least 10 than the FRED is, the IBZ really sang and had great sustain, overall lovely tone. Another thing I noticed that seemed strange was the amount of hum this thing has. In positions 2,3,4 and 5 its almost dead silent (more so on 2,4,5... 3 has a tiny bit of hum) but position 1, which is all FRED, there was a bunch of hum.