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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-08-2012, 03:44 AM Thread Starter
 
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Pickup Advice for Custom Strat

Hey Guys,

I am looking forward to buy a new strat with a floyd and I am thinking changing the pickups.

Here is what I think,

Bridge - DiMarzio Evo
Middle - DiMarzio True Velvet
Neck - DiMarzio The Chopper

I have no idea about the Evo in a Strat bridge. How is drop d performance of Evo? Can anyone share his opinions?

Also, the middle and the neck pickup...Are their combination good for an alder body strat?..

Thanks all
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Need more info before we can offer good advice. Please take a look at this thread, then come back with the needed info:

http://www.jemsite.com/forums/f35/be...ps-109555.html



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Re: Pickup Advice for Custom Strat

Sorry about passing the post...

So here I go..

I am listening to rock, blues and metal (except the extreme types of metal)

I am thinking buying an alder body, mexican, rosewood fret (21) HSS strat with floyd rose. And I am thinking to modify the bridge with EVH D-Tuna.

I am not a huge fan of any guitarist but I like to listen, EVH, YJM, Vinnie Moore, John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Steve Morse, Brian May...

At home I am using Guitar Rig 5 with Vox Tonelab Ex and Boss DS-2. In studios, I generally play with Mesa Boogie Rectifier. Once I played with a HSS strat with Mesa and Vox Tonelab the bridge pickup sounded not strong to me.

I have checked the pickup picker in DiMarzio's web site and it recommends the pickups I wrote up.
I am nearly sure about the neck and middle pickups. I guess the The chopper in the neck will be sounded as I want to hear, but I am not sure about the bridge pickup. I want strong mid-bass range pickup. The drop d performance is very important for me also. With my band, we are playing both standard tuning and drop d tuning. So my worries about the drop d performance of the EVO. And the how is the combination of three pickups?
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Re: Pickup Advice for Custom Strat

An Evo in Drop-D shouldn't be a problem, it's a very bright, clear pickup as I recall.

It's also VERY hot, which brings you to another problem - you're going to get a BIG volume drop when you switch to the singlecoils from the Evo. If you want your tone to clean up whenever you select a singlecoil that's fine, but if not (and I like to hear the same percieved level of gain from all positions, so this is a big issue for me), you're going to want either something very hot for singlecoils or lower output for your humbuckers.

The Evo is one of the hotter Dimarzios, so if you're sold on it and don't want a huge volume drop that pretty much limits you to their mini 'buckers; The Chopper, the Fast Track 2, the Corgans, the Pro Track, maybe the Air Norton S. I wouldn't touch anything with an output under 200 on Dimarzio's scale.

Alternately, I'd look at a lower output bridge pickup. Maybe a PAF Pro or something - something reasonably bright but without an absurd amount of output, so it'll stay tight in Drop-D.
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An Evo in Drop-D shouldn't be a problem, it's a very bright, clear pickup as I recall.

It's also VERY hot, which brings you to another problem - you're going to get a BIG volume drop when you switch to the singlecoils from the Evo. If you want your tone to clean up whenever you select a singlecoil that's fine, but if not (and I like to hear the same percieved level of gain from all positions, so this is a big issue for me), you're going to want either something very hot for singlecoils or lower output for your humbuckers.

The Evo is one of the hotter Dimarzios, so if you're sold on it and don't want a huge volume drop that pretty much limits you to their mini 'buckers; The Chopper, the Fast Track 2, the Corgans, the Pro Track, maybe the Air Norton S. I wouldn't touch anything with an output under 200 on Dimarzio's scale.

Alternately, I'd look at a lower output bridge pickup. Maybe a PAF Pro or something - something reasonably bright but without an absurd amount of output, so it'll stay tight in Drop-D.
Thanks for your advice Drew I'd like to ask a question. If I use 500K pots, do I still got the volume problem in neck pickup?.I have rechecked the dimarzio site and the output of the chopper is 260. With your advice I have also checked the Air Norton S which has 280 output. Air Norton can be a better choice for the neck because of its a humbucker character pickup.

I have already have Paf Pro bridge but I could not find a chance to use it in any guitar. I bought it for getting close tones to Sambora. If I decide to use Paf Pro, what would be your advice about pots? 250 or 500

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Re: Pickup Advice for Custom Strat

Definitely 500k pots if you're putting a humbucker in the bridge position, and most of the Dimarzio noiseless pickups are designed for 500k as well.

If you already have a PAF Pro lying around, use that. If you like it then great, and it'll give you a lot more flexibility in finding singlecoils than an Evo or something similar would.

What kind of a singlecoil tone are you after?
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Best combo for that style is the DiMarzio Super Distortion bridge, PAF Pro neck.



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Best combo for that style is the DiMarzio Super Distortion bridge, PAF Pro neck.
You realize he's looking for a SSH setup, right?
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You realize he's looking for a SSH setup, right?
Yes, HSS strat is a better option for me. I am looking some YJM tones in the neck
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Then get a Super D and a couple of Fast Tracks or Area singles.



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Yes, HSS strat is a better option for me. I am looking some YJM tones in the neck
Hmm. The Duncan YJM Fury, perhaps? I've never played one,but it'd probably get you close.

http://www.seymourduncan.com/product...ks10_yjm_fury/
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Re: Pickup Advice for Custom Strat

I've never played too. I watched some videos on youtube, the chopper's tone was very close on YJM or what I want to hear That was my first choice on neck .
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