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tonyparnham
post Oct 29 2009, 11:11 AM
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Hi everyone,
I am intending to buy an Ibanez RG 2570 MZ guitar with the new trem system (Zero Point) and it has IBZ pickups on it, however I have read a couple of recommendations to perhaps upgrade the pickups so I was thinking in terms of the Evolution DP 158 and 159 which are on the 7v-wh Steve Vai and which I like the sound of.
I have just contacted 'thoman' and they have told me they are 'F- Spaced' I did'nt know what this meant and asked them to clarify and they said, these pickups have spacings other than a normal humbucker but are the same dimensions.... so presumably the strings will not be in line with the pole pieces.
Is this correct?
Can some one enlighten me on this I AM CONFUSED.
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post Oct 29 2009, 01:14 PM
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The pole pieces of the humbucker are slightly wider apart for F-spaced buckers. It came about from the difference in string spacing between Gibson and Fender guitars - Gibsons had a smaller spacing then the Fender's. The use of Floyd Rose trems in the Fenders then lead to the term "F-spaced".
Generally, if your strings are spaced 53mm or more at the bridge, it's recommended to use a F-spaced humbucker so that the pole pieces are more aligned under the strings.


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post Oct 29 2009, 02:11 PM
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F-spaced is for Fender or Floyd Rose spaced, meaning the pickups is wider than a standard pickup (53mm instead of 50). The string spacing on tremolo guitars is wider so you need an F spaced pickup to have the right alignment of polepieces under the strings.

Also F-spaced pickups are usually a bit flatter and have shorter mounting legs to fit under a tremolo guitar.


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post Oct 29 2009, 02:39 PM
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I have DiMarzio Evolution F-Spaced pickups in my 2570 and they fit perfectly and sound GREAT.....many many levels above the stock IBZ.

And by the way the F-spaced thing is mostly cosmetic issue. But F-spaced pups are the ones for the 2570.





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post Oct 29 2009, 05:58 PM
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Thanks to everyone for their input on this I understand perfectly now.
Regards and thanks again Tony.

Gilmore please check your pm box.
Regards Tony
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