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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-06-2004, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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DiMarzio question

Just occured to me that I've been reading on how the DiMarzio 7 string pickups are made with various mA ratings, output and magnetics. The thing that just dawned on me is: Are the magnets different from one end of the pickup to the other. What I need to know, is is there actually a Bass end and treble on these? If so, how do you know? I have always assumed that by default the end the wiring came into was the treble side. Normally when I swap out pickups I just copy the way the pickups were in previously. I have no looked at an old picture of my 1527 with stock pickups and noticed that the polls were opposing one another.

o x x o
o x x o
o x x o
o x x o
o x x o
o x x o
o x x o ( x's being the allen head or screw polls)

I since put in TZ7 and AN7, they are:

< neck
o x o x
o x o x
o x o x
o x o x
o x o x
o x o x
o x o x

I am putting Blaze (neck) and Blaze custom ( bridge ) in my other 1527. This one has no pickups in it,,, so I have no reference, and being that both Blaze's have all Allen head polls,,,, I'm left totally wondering what to do.

Please share with me your knowledge on this.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-06-2004, 11:25 AM
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This may be over simplification, But I think If the protruding Wire Is pointing towards the floor, you should be okay.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-06-2004, 11:51 AM
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Actualy it depends on the pickups. Some make little difference and some make a HUGH difference depening on which way they point. I just reversed the Dimarzio virtual paf bridge pickup in my SZ and I like it way more this way.

From Dimarzio's web site..

Most humbuckers are symmetrical and their sound does not change at all when installed backwards, but some have a slightly different sound if you install them in the opposite direction from normal. It’s not a matter of right or wrong, but a matter of taste for such a subtle difference, if you can hear the difference at all. Those models include the Air Norton™, Air Zone™, Evolution® neck, bridge and 7-string, FRED®, Humbucker from Hell™, DLX Plus™ neck and bridge models, Virtual P-90™, Blaze™ neck and bridge models and Tone Zone 7™.

The Steve’s Special™, the Bluesbucker® and the MegaDrive™ have distinctly different sounds if you turn them around, and there is no ‘right’ installation direction. The Bluesbucker® is brighter-sounding with the adjustable screw coil towards the bridge, while the MegaDrive™ is brighter-sounding with the adjustable screw coil towards the neck. The Steve’s Special™ is brighter-sounding if the coil on the pickup’s cable exit side is toward the bridge.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-06-2004, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Right on thanks guys. I spoke with DiMarzio and got a good answer. Much like shown above the pickups in question can be flipped around and show some difference sonically. I posed the question here first due to wealth of knowledge on this site, and that you guys actually play and give true product test. Not that DiMarzio is not be forth right. It's just nice hear from players that are probably as much if not more obsessive over tone than I am.

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