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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-28-2021, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Clean/bright sounds from split humbuckers?

Originally Posted by JsXLine6 View Post
Glad to help, new ways of achieving tone is always welcomed! I would think that the schaller is probably low output since it is supposed to be modeled after a 50's humbucker... hence the name.

I figured that too... Might not be F-Spaced though. The Evo2 was mentioned above as well, and I need to remove one from a guitar I want to sell. One question though, will the super switch fit the same spot as a regular 5-way?

On yet another tome brightening note... What about using 1 meg ohm pots? I've heard that it will brighten up the sound, but never tried it and don't know how drastic or subtle it might be.

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post #17 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-28-2021, 12:41 PM
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Re: Clean/bright sounds from split humbuckers?

The F spacing thing isn't as important as you might think. Think of it like this... every time you bend a note you're pulling the string away from the pole pieces right? Especially in the case of the neck pickup. I used to have an RG with a PAF and a PAF pro both regular spaced because... it's what I had around. I never really noticed a deal breaking difference.

As for the super switch, I had to route out a tiny bit in the 540R cavity to get it to fit. Not much, just a little spot because of the way the inner cavity was shaped. You know how not all cavities are the same exact shape as the cavity cover? It was about a 5 min dremel job. Though not all cavities are the same, yours may not need anything.

When it comes to that 1Meg Ohm pot, I have never used or seen one. I assume it has to be a bit brighter than the 500k... I mean a 500k is noticeably brighter than a 250k if you compare them side by side. I would imagine the 1M pot would be a pretty noticeable difference. Though it may not be in the way you would be looking for. At least it's a fairly cheap mod to try. Having a brighter sounding pickup may be an acceptable option. Pickups have a more defined change, something you can see on a comparison chart... comparing what you have to something else. And the pickup manufactures are normally pretty good with returns if you don't like it. DiMarzio and Duncan (if you contact them directly) will be more than willing to work with you on returns if you didn't care for the pickup. Even direct mounts! I've had Duncan pickups I didn't like, had to drill out the threads of the pickup so I could use my wood screws, they still took it back because they wanted me to be happy.

That's sort of what global controls on an amp are good for too. Just turn up the presence a little bit when you pick up that guitar.
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post #18 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-28-2021, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Clean/bright sounds from split humbuckers?

Originally Posted by JsXLine6 View Post
The F spacing thing isn't as important as you might think.
I've heard that before, but always bought new/used F-spaced pickups... I'll try it.

After I posted about the 1meg vs 500k pots I did some poking around on youtube, had a few more minutes on break at work. There were some good comparisons and it is a noticeable difference. Might be something to check in to, as I have fought muddiness in my sound for some time now. One interesting idea I saw on a forum somewhere was to use the push/pull pot contacts to bypass the volume and tone controls completely to get full volume/tone straight out to the jack. Hmm... More to think about.

I've been playing with more amps in BiasFX2 as well... Found one called "Super Clean Jimi" that brightens up nicely with treble and presence.

Thanks for the insight on the superswitch, and the entire subject of tone brightening options! I appreciate it!
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