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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-20-2005, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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Pickup wired in parallel?

Greetings. I have recently installed a Tone Zone and Air Norton in my RG-520QS. The Air Norton is an amazing pickup, pretty much everything i want in a neck pickup. But the TZ is a little weird in this guitar. I have TZ's in all my other guitars, and they sound terriffic. But in the 520, it has a very "stratty" attack, and a harsh top end, which i dont find very pleasing. The 520QS is mahogany, so i expected it to sound much darker. I followed the wiring diagrams exactly from this page:


Is there a problem, or is this just how it sounds? I might try lower pot values, since this guitar came with 500k pots.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-20-2005, 04:13 AM
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Re: Pickup wired in parallel?

Probably is the pickup. Check if it's working properly.

Regarding the pot..... 500K is what you need so do not change it.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-20-2005, 04:56 AM
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Re: Pickup wired in parallel?

The Tone Zone behaves quite differently in mohagany. Much better in basswood in my opinion

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-20-2005, 05:40 AM
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Re: Pickup wired in parallel?

The best thing I can recommed is just to wire the pickup direct the the jack socket. I've had problems with pickups before and I've ended up trying this just to prove that I've not made a complete mess of the wiring. This also means that you can easily change around the order of the wires without having to take the guitar apart (or think too much in my case)

Hope that helps,
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-20-2005, 09:59 AM
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Re: Pickup wired in parallel?

I find Mahogany is bright sounding anyway. I know a lot of people will say it is dark sounding but that has not been my experience.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-20-2005, 10:50 AM
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Re: Pickup wired in parallel?

It's always possible Dimarzio miswires the cable. But I'd check to make sure it's not operating in single coil mode, like if the black and white wires are accidentally touching ground or hot somewhere near that joint. Then take a reading (if you have a meter) at the output jack. Put the switch in the bridge position and open up the controls. Take a resistance reading from hot to ground. If its near full TZ specs, then it could be parallel, but that'd be due to a Dimarzio screw up on the wiring colors, because the diagram is fine. If it's drastically less than TZ specs, then check the reading from red to black/white junction, and from black/white junction to ground. That would tell you if anything was shorted out, either at your solder joints or inside the cable itself.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-29-2005, 02:08 AM
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Re: Pickup wired in parallel?

check the phase of the pickup make sure that its not wired backwards. for instance if you had the red wires going to the ground you may want to try reversing them. this may be why your getting that strat like sound. id try this especialy if your noticing any low end loss.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-29-2005, 02:42 AM
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Re: Pickup wired in parallel?

stratty sounds like you only have one coil working, and TZs are not particularly famous for being coil tappable.
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