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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-25-2011, 04:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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How to balance Bill Lawrence?

Hi folks! I have a problem with my guitar. It previously had only one pickup which is Bill Lawrence L500XL. To give more tonal flexibility I decided to add a neck pickup.

My guitar (LTD Alexi-200) just got drilled on its neck position so I can mount the neck pickup on it. I mounted a Seymour Duncan SH-1(actually I think it's a wrong pickup since it's not designed for F-spaced guitar, but I saw Dimebag and Nuno (Extreme) did this so I thought it's ok). I had only one volume pot on that guitar before and decided to not add the second volume pot.

After I installed the pickup the volume seems unbalanced: the BL seems a way louder than the Duncan. The Duncan also sounded quite dull.

Anyone here has a solution? So far I thought these might work:

1) Replace the Duncan with a matching one (but I'm avoiding this), but I don't know any other neck pickup that would match L500XL (excluding the L500R, it's quite hard to get this on my country)
2) Add another volume pot so I can balance out the output, but I'm still not really sure

but I think you guys from Jemsite know everything better than me. Any solution would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-25-2011, 05:41 AM
 
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Re: How to balance Bill Lawrence?

try raising seymour and dropping bill.

a 2nd vol is very easy,
you dont need a knob or holes,
just set it , wrap it in bubble wrap and leave it in the cavity.

or you could just use it as it is,
a vol jump could be useful when switching to solos,
and as you dont seem to like seymour maybe its better bill is dominant.
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Re: How to balance Bill Lawrence?

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try raising seymour and dropping bill.

a 2nd vol is very easy,
you dont need a knob or holes,
just set it , wrap it in bubble wrap and leave it in the cavity.

or you could just use it as it is,
a vol jump could be useful when switching to solos,
and as you dont seem to like seymour maybe its better bill is dominant.
i've raised the seymour and dropped the bill, but it seems they're still unbalanced

a bubble wrap? never heard about that technique. i'll look around, then

i switch pickups between solos so i can't leave it as it is, haha

thanks anyway
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-26-2011, 04:36 PM
 
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Re: How to balance Bill Lawrence?

I would put another volume pot in and use a concentric stacked pot in the hole your volume pot is in.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-27-2011, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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I would put another volume pot in and use a concentric stacked pot in the hole your volume pot is in.
i think it will get in the tremolo arm's way, but it's worth trying
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Re: How to balance Bill Lawrence?

Just a little more info to help you on deciding to use concentric stacked pots or not. The two knobs together are a little taller than knobs for single pots by about 6mm (1/4"). They didn't get in the way of the trem but I had them in the tone hole on Ibanez RG's so your guitar may be different. CTS con-stacks have short mounting threads(1/4") so usually only work on pickguard mounting. There might be some out there but so far I,ve only found con-stack mini pots with long enough mounting threads (3/8") to fit through body pot holes. (3/8")
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-28-2011, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: How to balance Bill Lawrence?

is it hard to use a stacked pot on electric guitar? personally i never seen one before (guitar with a stacked pot. usually found it on basses)
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Re: How to balance Bill Lawrence?

They're not hard to us at all for what I do with them, combine the volume and tone in one hole.I don't really like the location of the volume control on RG's, it get's in the way of some palm muting for me. I've never used them for two volume controls but can't see a problem. They are just two knobs one larger under a smaller one and independent of each other. I have to add that I don't use the controls on the guitar very much. I suppose if you were heavily into volume swells and such getting a feel for the two knobs together could take some getting used to. Anyway it would be a lot better than burying the second volume pot in the electronics cavity.
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