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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-13-2008, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Single coil between two DiMarzio Breeds + Other related questions

I've just recently put a pair of Breeds in my RG1570, along with a Blue Velvet in the center. However I'm really not happy with the BV and am looking to change to something else.

I had to special order the BV, and unfortunately the shop had ordered the bridge instead of the neck pickup, and didn't bother to tell me until after they'd installed it. I'm finding that it's very microphonic, and it seems to pick up every little noise the guitar makes from adjusting the toggle switch to the vibrations of the springs. Also the difference in output between the 1 and 5th positions and the center position is huge. I expected it to be much quieter than the Breed pickups, but not to this degree, it's nearly 1/4 the volume which basically renders it useless on it's own. Although that said on it's own it sounds really terrible anyway, it kind of reminds me of that duckish sound you get with a wah pedal.

I've heard it mentioned that the center single coil should be wired in reverse polarity. I don't think the shop actually did this. Would switching the wiring around make a difference? (and if so how)

I've been looking at alternate pickups, and a lot of them that seem more suitable are hum cancelling. Now I'm fairly sure that the stock RG1570 switch doesn't work properly for me to put a stacked pickup in the center. Actually, would it not work at all, or would I basically just get hum in the 2nd and 4th switch positions or what?

What would I need to do to put one in and have the guitar funciton properly? Just replace the switch with an appropriate one? Would that basically make the guitar hum free in all positions?

I've heard it mentioned that you can get a push/pull pot added with this kind of configuration as well, what exactly would that do in terms of how the pickups would interact with eachother?

Finally, pickup recommendations? After playing with both the stock ibanez single coil and the BV, I've decided that I really don't care all that much for the way a strat sounding pickup interacts with the Breeds. I think I'd rather have something a little warmer, maybe something that's somewhere between a p90 and a humbucker type sound. I was looking at both the Fast Track 1 and the Pro Track, but I'd welcome suggestions, or comments on either of those two.

It's probably apparent that I don't know a whole lot about any of this, so the more detail the better

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-29-2008, 06:58 AM
 
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Re: Single coil between two DiMarzio Breeds + Other related questions

Hi man.
Do you read my replay to you on Ibanez Forum? I have rg1570 too. Instead of yours Breeds, I have Evolutions + Blue Velvet (neck).
Main reason for huge difference in loudness between Breeds and BV is distance between pickups and strings. Single coil pickups always produce hum.
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Re: Single coil between two DiMarzio Breeds + Other related questions

Virtual Vintage Solo, this is it's description on dimarzio.com*

Although the Virtual Vintage® Solo is our hottest Virtual Vintage® model, it was designed to be compatible with any of the other Virtual Vintage® pickups. The top end is very smooth, and there’s a lot of mid-range punch, more like a P90 than an overwound Strat®. A great bridge pickup with a Tubescreamer® and a hot amp, or a buttery-smooth neck pickup for jazz.
Recommended For: Bridge position primarily, but can be used in neck and middle.

Tech Talk: This is an excellent pickup for fattening up the Strat bridge position without sounding like a standard humbucker. The Solo has enough power to balance with standard-output pickups in the neck and middle positions, but it will still clean up with an overdriven amp when the volume is rolled down. We strongly recommend a 500K volume control to get maximum performance from the Solo. If it's wired to a tone control as well, try our 1 Meg tone (EP1202).
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-29-2008, 09:50 AM
 
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Re: Single coil between two DiMarzio Breeds + Other related questions

use a isv2 its steve vais hum cancelling center pickup its a single coil evo
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