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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-22-2011, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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New pots/cap/switch for S420 w/ Dsonic/AN?

Hey guys! I'm a new Ibanez convert and have just bought an S420 that's on it's way (though I'll always love my ESP Horizon... sorry!). I have played a few Ibanez's before and like many others am not the biggest fan of the INF pickups so I went ahead and ordered a set of the F-spaced D-sonic (bridge)/Air Norton (neck) variety.

My question is what kind of pots/cap/switch should I get/will fit this guitar? I'm assuming I'll have to ream out the holes for the pots (I have a reamer) if I go with USA 3/8" sized pots like CTS so that's not a big issue. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna go with the typical orange drop .022 as they sound awesome, and almost wah-like it seems when rolled down. I was wondering about the switch though. Will a normal USA brand switch like the 3-way CRL switch fit in the weird plastic switch holder thing (3-way cause it's a H-H config, and I don't really need coil splitting/parallel/etc.)? Or do I need to get an import style switch, and if so which one?

Another question I have is about the D Sonic in particular. I play mostly pretty chuggy aggressive progressive metal/metalcore type stuff (think Architects/Sikth/Periphery), and usually in drop C (CGCFAD) so I'm inclined to think I should face the blade towards the bridge, though on the other hand I also think that Marco Sfogli's tone is amazing especially on the song Pretender (I would post a youtube link but this is my first post lol), and he faces it towards the neck so idk what to do! So many choices, and I am way too indecisive!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-23-2011, 03:10 AM
 
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Re: New pots/cap/switch for S420 w/ Dsonic/AN?

as for the pots, while you're at in get a set of 500K DiMarzios. they're audio taper, so they open and close very gradually, and they last forever. for the selector switch, almost all of the ones you find on the market will fit. here's some examples:

Fender style:


VLX91:


Cortek:


while i'm not sure the YM30 (3-way) will fit in:

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-23-2011, 03:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: New pots/cap/switch for S420 w/ Dsonic/AN?

wow those are awesome reference pics, thanks a bunch! I was feeling skeptical about ordering that stuff but now it's all good.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-23-2011, 06:55 AM
 
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Re: New pots/cap/switch for S420 w/ Dsonic/AN?

no problem
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-11-2011, 03:10 PM
 
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Re: New pots/cap/switch for S420 w/ Dsonic/AN?

I'm assuming the regular length shaft 500k dimarzio pots work in the s series?

I'm thinking of putting a Tone Zone in bridge (already have one) and and an Air Norton in neck of my S420.

Thanks!
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