Neck humbucker for DiMarzio PAF Pro?

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  1. MetalSG

    MetalSG Active Member

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    Hi. I'm going to swap the stock pups of a Basswood body, Maple/Rosweood neck LTD Eclipse (Bolt on), and I found a brand new PAF Pro at a nice price. Wich neck HB would combine well with it (a similar sounding, but cleaner, brighter and lower output HB)?
     
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    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    See what else you find for cheap.

    The Paf Pro may be your neck pickup.

    What are the specs on it?
     
  3. MetalSG

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    Alnico 5, D.C. Resistance 8.4 output 300 mv bass 5/10, mids 5.5/10 treble 6/10
     
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    That's what I was thinking, use that as a neck. It depends on what sound/tone you want. Dimarzio Super Distortion? ?, Gibson 57 Classics are the favorite of many. ..
     
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  5. MetalSG

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    Well my amp has more gain than I will ever need, so basically I'm looking for clear, low to medium output HUmbuckers. I know that both Steve Vai and Paul Gilbert had two PAF Pro's in their Ibanez guitars at one point in their careers. Of course I suck big time when compared to them, but basically I'm not looking for very very hot pups.
     
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    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    Air Norton or super distortion with that in the neck

    Or a second pro or bluesbucker would be awesome.
     
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    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    Or breaking the dimarzio mould, add a Duncan DimeBucker in the bridge.

    It is surprisingly clear and clean, and roll on the volume and it's a dirty dirty biatch.

    If you get one cheap you got really lucky.
     
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  8. MetalSG

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    Or a PAF Joe, which is a lower output PAF Pro specifically tweaked for Joe Satriani (designed for the neck position).
     
  9. 83 Blazer

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    I have a DP151 PAF Pro in the neck and a DP216 Mo Joe in the bridge of my SG Special Faded.
    They are pretty evenly matched in terms of output. The PAF Pro has slightly more treble output whilst the Mo Joe has slightly more mids. The higher output treble suits the PAF Pro as the neck pickup and the extra mid push in the Mo Joe bridge pickup translates to more push from the bridge position.
    As a pair for what I play they work very well together.
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  10. MetalSG

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    I might go that route, or the FRED in the Bridge. Trouble is, my PAF Pro is F-spaced, so the coils will not be perfectly aligned with the strings. I don't know if that's a serious issue.
     
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    From the Dimarzio FAQ section:
    How do I know which spacing to use?


    F-spaced pickups measure 2.01" (51 mm) center-to-center from the first polepiece to the sixth. Standard-spaced pickups measure 1.90" (48 mm). Although some players believe that F-spaced pickups are only for the bridge position of tremolo bridge guitars, many guitars with fixed bridges (including post-1998 Gibson® and Epiphone® Les Paul®, SG® and semi-hollow guitars) should have F-spaced pickups in the bridge position. Most tremolo equipped guitars that have a nut width of 1-11/16” (43mm) or more should also use an F-spaced pickup in the neck position. If you’re replacing a bridge-position pickup and you're not sure what your string-spacing is, it's usually better to get an F-spaced model. It is not necessary for the strings to pass exactly over the center of the polepieces for best performance, but it is wise to avoid a situation where the E strings are sitting completely outside of the outer polepieces.
     

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