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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-14-2021, 02:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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Bridge Pickup Too Bright

So the other day I installed a dimarzio illuminator bridge in my 2019 ibanez rg-550. Right off the bat, I noticed that it was very bright and twangy. It sounded like a humbucker, but it had too much twang too it. I also noticed that I installed it with the slugs on the bridge side, which I did not mean to do. Also, when I go into position 2 (split bridge and middle) it sounds superrrrr thin and ice pickey. Could the pickup being backwards be the problem or not? Turing the tone knob down does help, but not enough. I was just wanting to know if yíall had any suggestions. Thanks!
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-14-2021, 03:13 AM
 
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Re: Bridge Pickup Too Bright

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Could the pickup being backwards be the problem or not?
Yes. It's wired in parallel when you want it wired in series. Turn it around 180 degrees and you should be good.
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-14-2021, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Bridge Pickup Too Bright

Oh okay so I donít need to change around any wires just turn the pup around?
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-14-2021, 04:40 PM
 
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Re: Bridge Pickup Too Bright

Just turn it around.
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-21-2021, 08:53 AM
 
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Turning it around will help, but it’s not going to fix the electrical issue. Can you tell us how you wired it? I have a set of Illuminators in a PRS and they are anything but thin.
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Re: Bridge Pickup Too Bright

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Turning it around will help, but itís not going to fix the electrical issue. Can you tell us how you wired it? I have a set of Illuminators in a PRS and they are anything but thin.
Turning it around helped. Another thing I found was that the A and D strings were buzzing and fixing that made the most difference. It was a pretty crappy saudlering job, but I re-wired it and cleaned that up. Itís wired exactly like the diagram in series.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-24-2021, 11:44 AM
 
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Turning it around helped. Another thing I found was that the A and D strings were buzzing and fixing that made the most difference. It was a pretty crappy saudlering job, but I re-wired it and cleaned that up. It’s wired exactly like the diagram in series.
Sometimes a solder joint has to be touched to get everything to run right.

Can you get me a pic of the soldering job and the distance from the strings?

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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-07-2021, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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Here’s the the wiring.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-07-2021, 09:55 PM
 
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It sounds to me like you originally wired your bridge pickup out of phase. Now you probably have a cold solder somewhere... If you haven't already, it wouldn't hurt to reheat the all joints.

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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-08-2021, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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It sounds to me like you originally wired your bridge pickup out of phase. Now you probably have a cold solder somewhere... If you haven't already, it wouldn't hurt to reheat the all joints.
I’ve figured it out. It’s actually wired backwards. Above the white line is how it’s wired now and below is how it should be wired. I don’t know how I wound up doing that.
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-08-2021, 12:08 PM
 
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Haha well It happens sometimes. Glad it's working for ya.
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