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post Dec 22 2007, 01:25 PM
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Hi!

I have a two week holiday right now, and since I have a lot of time now, I'd like to change the bridge pick-up from my first guitar. (Washburn X-10)
The pick-up I'd like to change is a humbucker, but, I don't have any ideas what pick-up I should replace it with...
Does someone has any tips?
I'd tought about DiMarzio or something like that, maybe even some EMG's, but I don't know if it's possible to replace a passive pick-up with some active ones. (If you want to do that, do you have to change pots and jack socket too?)


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PS: I mainly play metal, sometimes some clean stuff too... And I tought about setting up that guitar in Drop C, since I use that quite often.


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post Dec 22 2007, 01:52 PM
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I think you must go to DImarzio and Seymor DUncan sites and choose the most appropriate for you. There's a pickup finder no both sites that will tell you in general what pickup is the best for your needs.

I would recommend Seymor Duncan JB for you.


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post Dec 22 2007, 02:55 PM
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My recommendation would be a Seymour Duncan Live Wire or an EMG 81. I'm assuming you play a lot of squeals, esepcially if you're going down to drop C, the actives will make those squeals stand out more.


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post Dec 22 2007, 05:11 PM
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QUOTE (Davidian @ Dec 22 2007, 01:25 PM) *
Hi!

I have a two week holiday right now, and since I have a lot of time now, I'd like to change the bridge pick-up from my first guitar. (Washburn X-10)
The pick-up I'd like to change is a humbucker, but, I don't have any ideas what pick-up I should replace it with...
Does someone has any tips?
I'd tought about DiMarzio or something like that, maybe even some EMG's, but I don't know if it's possible to replace a passive pick-up with some active ones. (If you want to do that, do you have to change pots and jack socket too?)
Thanks!
-Davidian

PS: I mainly play metal, sometimes some clean stuff too... And I tought about setting up that guitar in Drop C, since I use that quite often.

I looked up the guitar to see what wood it's made of. Like i you go for DiMarzio Breed or Evolution I suspect these would sound better in a bright Adler body compared to Mahigany which I think would come out muddy.

If you add the active EMG's you'll have to make room for a 9V battery and exchange the pots for sure, these pots are 25kOhm pots.

Just for putting in a new humbucker you don't need to do anything and suggest you start there.
A Seymour Duncan JB may be good. A Superdistortion from DiMarzio aswell, I think Seymour Duncan has a smiliar... can't recall the name for it.

But if you want to keep it simple, stay off the active pickups!


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post Dec 22 2007, 05:55 PM
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Thanks guys!
I'll surely check out those pick-ups!

But what do you think of this one?
EMG HG
The EMG site says it's the passive version of the EMG81 active pick-up


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post Jan 18 2008, 08:49 PM
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So I just received the pick-up...
It's a Seymour Duncan JB.
I unsoldered the old pick-up today, and I'll put the new one in tomorrow after my guitar has got a paint job biggrin.gif
I'm really excited!


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post Jan 18 2008, 08:55 PM
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Glad you got it after all,keep us updated. biggrin.gif


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post Jan 18 2008, 08:56 PM
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QUOTE (Davidian @ Jan 18 2008, 08:49 PM) *
So I just received the pick-up...
It's a Seymour Duncan JB.
I unsoldered the old pick-up today, and I'll put the new one in tomorrow after my guitar has got a paint job biggrin.gif
I'm really excited!

Sounds like a cool choise, a classic pu - Mainly for country and western music.






Just kidding, it's a very versatile pu wink.gif


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post Jan 18 2008, 09:00 PM
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Haha! biggrin.gif
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post Jan 19 2008, 05:45 PM
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Hmm
Some problems I think...

My old pick-up only had 2 wires (white and bare)
The JB has 5 wires... (black, white, bare, green and red)
Should I solder the white and bare strings of the JB at the places where the wires from my old pick-up where?

I tested it, and I can play, but the sound isn't exactly what it has to be...

Hope someone can give an answer as soon as possible
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post Jan 19 2008, 06:21 PM
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QUOTE (Davidian @ Jan 19 2008, 05:45 PM) *
Hmm
Some problems I think...

My old pick-up only had 2 wires (white and bare)
The JB has 5 wires... (black, white, bare, green and red)
Should I solder the white and bare strings of the JB at the places where the wires from my old pick-up where?

I tested it, and I can play, but the sound isn't exactly what it has to be...

Hope someone can give an answer as soon as possible
Thanks!

Wiring diagrams here
I do belive you maybe should use only the red or the green wire, just a shot in the dark but it might be that the green is "calm" while the red is "hot". So it's possible you should put the white and green together and slide a shring hose on top (heat it up so it keeps the wired tight)
Then the bare to the back of a pot.
Sounds to me that your old pu was a single coil and then the wiring is different.

EDIT: What I mean with "Only the red or green wire" was of course only use one between the two of these! Rest of the wires goes to other places, except for white that goes with the red or the green.
Do like this, go by the wiring diagrams and only keep what I said in the back of your head. I never connected a SD pu and the wires between brands can differ so there seem to be no standard coloring.

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post Jan 19 2008, 06:56 PM
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Great choice.
All my guitars get a JB in them when I first get them and have them set up.

the pick up should have come with a diagram for wiring it up.

there are alot of different ways to coil tap a JB, that's what makes it so versatile wink.gif
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post Jan 19 2008, 10:14 PM
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Finished! biggrin.gif
Pick-up is alive and well!

And paint job is very well done. biggrin.gif



I love it laugh.gif

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post Jan 19 2008, 10:45 PM
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post Jan 19 2008, 11:54 PM
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Nice man, looks great!


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