A well known and respected guitar tech in my area installed an Air Zone in the bridge position and Air Norton in the neck position of my Schecter Custom Shop while also setting up action, fret leveling and crowning, etc. The pickups have some serious problems.
The guitar is just the 2 humbuckers, 3-way switch, master volume, and master tone with coil tap. It used to have a Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge and '59 in the neck. They sounded ok.
Now, the Air Zone sounds sort a like a tele bridge pickup and both guitars have that "clunky" low end of single coils, if you get what I mean. He also set it up so that "full humbucker" mode has the tone knob popped up (weird I know.) He said that the "wiring is really weird" and that he "just couldn't get full humbucker mode with the tone knob down." This is sort of annoying, but whatever.
Tone knob down is out of phase, which sounds like a $hitty wah and an octave/fuzz pedal were turned on. I told him the problems and he's going to fix it for free, and I assume the problem was that I told him to wire it just how the Seymours were; well, DiMarzios and SD's are different brands, and they have different wiring schemes and colors.
I've come to the conclusion that the guitar was wired in parallel. I've never played a guitar wired in parallel, but I've heard that's what Paul Gilbert does sometimes and it sure sounds like his weird single coil-ish humbucker tone. I have no idea what he did with the "out of phase" thing--All I wanted was a coil tap, but it's just crazy. I emailed Schecter and DiMarzio for some wiring schemes to help him out (he rarely deals with DiMarzio and never deals with Schecter). But I'm sorely confused; he's a fantastic, well known luthier and I've seen his work before. It's always been great.
Maybe it's something that I could work on myself? First off, I suck at soldering so that's out of the question. I'd rather have him or someone else do it. The pickups are rather close to the strings, so my guess is that MIGHT have something to do with it?
I just need some suggestions. I'm still sorta stumped as to why it sounds like crap.
dont take anything to that guy if he made such a mistake
what are ur pot values
and usually for coil tapping u have to have a push pull volume pot, usually a higher value then the tone
and lets say u got a 1 meg push pull pot, pushed is always bridged humbcuking usually, and pulled out is one coil this is even the free digagrm for coil taking on the dimarzio site
in this case it would be a value of 1 meg for the volume and 500k tone
and wow, i gotta say every tech i have went to knew what all wiring color coding was about before i even gave it to them take it to a trusted guy, i dont even know who woul dinstall coil tap on tone
and if u have a 500k volume and a 250k push pull for your tone and coil tap...well......that just wont work properly and will definetely not sound right at all!!!!!!
having the humbucker tone resistance right on the coil, i dont know about that
u should have a 1 meg push pull volume and a 500k tone and a .022 cap on it, that is a standard for those kinds of pickups
they like higher pot values
waht was ur pot values in what order did he setup them>>