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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-30-2008, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Humbucker Losing output ?

I have recently bought bought a new Ibanez Guitar and have swapped the pickups around a bit. I ordered a ToneZone and an Air norton. I found the TZ too hot and thick in the bridge of the guitar (mahogany body, neck through), so I put a FRED in in the bridge that I have been using in my frankenstrat for about 10 years. The FRED has a output spec of 305 (mW I guess) and the AN has a spec of 275. However.... The AN seems a LOT louder than the FRED. For balance I have the AN almost flush with the top and the FRED is about as close as I dare get to the strings.

My Question:

Do humbuckers lose magnetic strength due to the magnet arrangement or did DiM make the FRED differentll years ago ? Or something else.

The FRED is iold enoug that the DP number is stamped into the baseplate of the pup, so I dont think it is a memory issue.....


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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-30-2008, 03:16 PM
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Re: Humbucker Losing output ?

try lowering the screw poles on the AN and increasing the poles on the Fred.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-30-2008, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Humbucker Losing output ?

I dont really have a problem with the setup, just puzzled by the fact that according to Di
M , the output of the FRED should be higher than the AN...
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Re: Humbucker Losing output ?

mmm... double check the wiring on the Fred. If it's not that, maybe it IS an old pup that's losing it's strength but i've never heard of magnets losing their charm...
How is the AN orientated; is the screw poles towards the neck or bridge?
Also, shouldn't this thread be in the Pickups & Wiring section?

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