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tonyparnham
post Dec 3 2009, 02:13 PM
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I wish to fit a set of Di Marzio evolution pickups to a guitar other than an Ibanez type, please could someone advise me as to;
1) Which Capacitor do I use between the Tone and volume pots...and
2) What 'k' size pots would I use.
I have just fitted them to a strat type with strat pots and capacitor and they don't sound right.
Many thanks Tony
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post Dec 3 2009, 02:16 PM
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QUOTE (tonyparnham @ Dec 3 2009, 02:13 PM) *
I wish to fit a set of Di Marzio evolution pickups to a guitar other than an Ibanez type, please could someone advise me as to;
1) Which Capacitor do I use between the Tone and volume pots...and
2) What 'k' size pots would I use.
I have just fitted them to a strat type with strat pots and capacitor and they don't sound right.
Many thanks Tony


500 K pots should sound right.

Are you sure you didn't accidently soldered the pickup in wrong? Check the wiring again, it might be that you are runnig out of phase or splitted!


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tonyparnham
post Dec 3 2009, 02:36 PM
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Hi Zak,
Thanks for that, my pots at present are 250k but there is a brown capacitor which says .022k and another number of '250H'. I don't have a clue what it means though.
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post Dec 3 2009, 03:54 PM
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QUOTE (tonyparnham @ Dec 3 2009, 01:13 PM) *
I wish to fit a set of Di Marzio evolution pickups to a guitar other than an Ibanez type, please could someone advise me as to;
1) Which Capacitor do I use between the Tone and volume pots...and
2) What 'k' size pots would I use.
I have just fitted them to a strat type with strat pots and capacitor and they don't sound right.
Many thanks Tony

0.022uf Capacitor is fine. See if you can find ones manufactured by 'Sprague', they're nick-named 'Orange-drops'. As used by most of the big Custom Shops. Secondly, if you're using 2 Tone Pots then I like to use one Capacitor per Tone Pot, it gives a better overall Tonal response, especially with H/Buckers when wired with a Coil split option in positions 2 and 4 of a 5 way switch.
If you want a wiring Diagram let me know! biggrin.gif
As Zakk says, you should re-fit with 500K Log pots, although in Steve Vai's Jem and other higher end Ibanez's they're installing 1Meg Pots for the volume.
A general rule of thumb for Pots is:-
250K for single coils and
500K for Humbuckers (Or mixed set).



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post Dec 3 2009, 05:16 PM
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High Sensible Jones and Zak, your replies have answered my question admirably.
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Tony
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post Dec 3 2009, 09:29 PM
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No worries Tony! Just ask if there's anything else you need!
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