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post Mar 16 2012, 03:50 AM
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I'm going to be changing the pickups in my Strat again. It currently has D.Allen HotVintage54's in the neck and middle and a DiMarzio Chopper in the bridge. Its a good combination that I like, and sounds great clean and with some moderate crunch. But once the gain is dialed up, two problems arise: the Chopper in the bridge doesn't have enough bottom end, and more importantly, the single coils hum way too much.

So, I've decided to install a trio of rail pickups from DiMarzio. It will be as follows:

Bridge: BC-2
Middle: Chopper
Neck: Cruiser Bridge model

I want the neck pickup to be nice and bright, so I was thinking of not connecting the tone pot at all. However, I would like to have the option of running the neck in series or parallel, and that probably would require a push/pull pot. The brightest pot available that I know if is the 1M ohm pot.

So heres my question: is there any noticeable difference between a 1M ohm pot and running the pickup wide open?


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post Mar 16 2012, 06:28 PM
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There essentially the same thing, and I prefer the push/pull because then the option to use it is always there. If there is a difference at all the human ear probably can't perceive it.
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post Mar 16 2012, 08:10 PM
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QUOTE (The Uncreator @ Mar 16 2012, 01:28 PM) *
There essentially the same thing, and I prefer the push/pull because then the option to use it is always there. If there is a difference at all the human ear probably can't perceive it.


Do you mean the difference between 1M ohm and wide open, or the difference between series and parallel?


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1ohm and wide open, couldn't get into the series or parallel thing as my experience with them is limited.
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post Mar 16 2012, 09:45 PM
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Personally I'd run with the 1M Pot and use a mini-toggle for the phase/paralle switch. It does mean drilling a small hole in the scratchplate for the swith though, so if you didn't want to do it that way then a Push/pull Pot is the obvious way to go.
The reason I'd go the switch route is simply that it's easier to trace the wiring and a little less cluttered when soldering!
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post Mar 16 2012, 10:33 PM
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Mar 16 2012, 09:45 PM) *
Personally I'd run with the 1M Pot and use a mini-toggle for the phase/paralle switch. It does mean drilling a small hole in the scratchplate for the swith though, so if you didn't want to do it that way then a Push/pull Pot is the obvious way to go.
The reason I'd go the switch route is simply that it's easier to trace the wiring and a little less cluttered when soldering!
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I have found that push-pulls are to slow for live shows
my active bridge does not have a tone , cause I ever use it- if you think you will use , better get one
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post Mar 17 2012, 10:27 PM
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Mar 16 2012, 04:45 PM) *
Personally I'd run with the 1M Pot and use a mini-toggle for the phase/paralle switch. It does mean drilling a small hole in the scratchplate for the swith though, so if you didn't want to do it that way then a Push/pull Pot is the obvious way to go.
The reason I'd go the switch route is simply that it's easier to trace the wiring and a little less cluttered when soldering!
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This is a great point. Switches are also pretty easy to use, and I can run the neck pickup wide open. Just the only problem is I would like for the guitar control area to be as simple as possible, for aesthetic reasons really biggrin.gif

QUOTE (jstcrsn @ Mar 16 2012, 05:33 PM) *
I have found that push-pulls are to slow for live shows
my active bridge does not have a tone , cause I ever use it- if you think you will use , better get one


Warmoth sells push/push pots, which is the way I would go if I were to install a multi-functional tone pot.


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