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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-09-2010, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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Cool Pickup Mixing!!

Hey on this new Carvin im getting I hear the pickups will suck. So im thinking of switching them out(if when it gets hear the pickups live up to the bad expectations). But I was thinking how would it sound with a d sonic 7 in bridge to give it that huge chugg. A d activator 7 in the neck to give it a harsh activ-ish neck. And then mixing a blaze middle pickup for that unique high. Just an idea i could always go with a regular setup. But I was going to get your guys feedback on the idea.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-02-2011, 10:53 PM
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Re: Pickup Mixing!!

Sounds like you are getting a 7 string Carvin . I love my Carvin, but people do tend to not like the pickups. First, give the stock pickups a chance. If you decide you want to change pickups, I would also recommend swapping out the volume and tone pots. Carvin uses linear taper pots for some stupid reason - you want audio taper pots. Also note the Dimarzio recommends a 500K volume and a 1M tone pot (that's the setup that they base their tone ratings on) so I'd go with those values.

For your possible pickups choice, I think you would find the D-Activator7 in the neck too loud with the d sonic 7 in the bridge. It is rated at almost the same mv output and leans towards treble (as a neck pickup should, but that will make it seem louder). I like the choice of the d sonic 7 in the bridge, but maybe you should match it with the liquifire that it was designed to accompany. You could go the D-Activator7 route, but you may have to back it off a bit more from the strings than you would otherwise.
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