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So the other day I installed a dimarzio illuminator bridge in my 2019 ibanez rg-550. Right off the bat, I noticed that it was very bright and twangy. It sounded like a humbucker, but it had too much twang too it. I also noticed that I installed it with the slugs on the bridge side, which I did not mean to do. Also, when I go into position 2 (split bridge and middle) it sounds superrrrr thin and ice pickey. Could the pickup being backwards be the problem or not? Turing the tone knob down does help, but not enough. I was just wanting to know if y’all had any suggestions. Thanks!
 

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Turning it around will help, but it’s not going to fix the electrical issue. Can you tell us how you wired it? I have a set of Illuminators in a PRS and they are anything but thin.
 

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Turning it around will help, but it's not going to fix the electrical issue. Can you tell us how you wired it? I have a set of Illuminators in a PRS and they are anything but thin.
Turning it around helped. Another thing I found was that the A and D strings were buzzing and fixing that made the most difference. It was a pretty crappy saudlering job, but I re-wired it and cleaned that up. It's wired exactly like the diagram in series.
 

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Turning it around helped. Another thing I found was that the A and D strings were buzzing and fixing that made the most difference. It was a pretty crappy saudlering job, but I re-wired it and cleaned that up. It's wired exactly like the diagram in series.
Sometimes a solder joint has to be touched to get everything to run right.

Can you get me a pic of the soldering job and the distance from the strings?

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It sounds to me like you originally wired your bridge pickup out of phase. Now you probably have a cold solder somewhere... If you haven't already, it wouldn't hurt to reheat the all joints.
 

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It sounds to me like you originally wired your bridge pickup out of phase. Now you probably have a cold solder somewhere... If you haven't already, it wouldn't hurt to reheat the all joints.
I've figured it out. It's actually wired backwards. Above the white line is how it's wired now and below is how it should be wired. I don't know how I wound up doing that.
 

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