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    Default Re: What neck humbuckers sound best wired parallel?

    Quote Originally Posted by ErikH View Post
    I have varying degrees of pickups, from a P-90 to the Super Distortions. Don't get my wrong, I like a clean neck pickup, that's why I wired it in parallel. My wife got me a Dean Chicago Series ML and it came stock with 2 Super Distortions. It's a bit hot for me in the neck even with it lowered down a good way, so I wired it in parallel. Problem solved. Lower output, cleaner sound, but not weak by any means.

    One of my frankenstrats has 2 Screamin' Demons and that's about perfect in the neck in series. Not too hot, and plenty of cut.
    Interesting.

    I own a 35th Anniversary ML, which was a limited edition of 150, that later entered production with the same specs...as your guitar, the Chicago Flame ML.

    It's quite a bit nicer over a standard ML. "Real" DiMarzios, ebony board, hard case included.

    Now, normally, I find hot pickups to be too muddy through my low wattage 12-15 W combo amps (far more muddy amps than most people use). I can't stand a JB or anything of that sort. Totally useless.

    But the Super Distortions on my ML are awesome. Thick without being muddy...even in the neck position. Somehow spicy and clear all at the same time. Only hot neck pickup I've ever been able to stand.
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    Default Re: What neck humbuckers sound best wired parallel?

    Quote Originally Posted by ItsaBass View Post
    Interesting.

    I own a 35th Anniversary ML, which was a limited edition of 150, that later entered production with the same specs...as your guitar, the Chicago Flame ML.

    It's quite a bit nicer over a standard ML. "Real" DiMarzios, ebony board, hard case included.

    Now, normally, I find hot pickups to be too muddy through my low wattage 12-15 W combo amps (far more muddy amps than most people use). I can't stand a JB or anything of that sort. Totally useless.

    But the Super Distortions on my ML are awesome. Thick without being muddy...even in the neck position. Somehow spicy and clear all at the same time. Only hot neck pickup I've ever been able to stand.
    My ML has "real" DiMarzios as well. It's from this run, https://www.deanguitars.com/chicago_standard.php. The pickups are stamped "DiMarzio Pickups" "Made in U.S.A." with the DP100CRU OEM sticker. There are a few spec differences between the Standard and Flame series but the pickups are the same.

    I had a Fender Japanese Contemporary Telecaster that I threw dual Super Distortions in to and had the mini-toggle wired up to put the bridge in parallel. That sounded really cool with plenty of fullness in it still.

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    Default Re: What neck humbuckers sound best wired parallel?

    Quote Originally Posted by zionstrat View Post
    Wrong form factor, but a cool rail parallel to itself is one of my favorite Duncan tones

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    +1 on this one: a Cool Rails in parallel is a good way to mimic a Fender single coil without the noise. :-)

    +1 also about the Super Distortion: with 6.7H of inductance and a double thick magnet, it's beefy enough to sound strong in parallel (in which case it's not without recalling the specs of a FilterTron, BTW).
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    Default Re: What neck humbuckers sound best wired parallel?

    Quote Originally Posted by freefrog View Post

    +1 also about the Super Distortion: with 6.7H of inductance and a double thick magnet, it's beefy enough to sound strong in parallel (in which case it's not without recalling the specs of a FilterTron, BTW).
    Freefrog, off topic are you saying that in paralle its close enough that to get a convincing filtertron from super distortion in parallel or were you just noting that the specs are similar? if it really gets filtronic I've got an immediate project I could use that on and would appreciate any input especially clips.



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    Quote Originally Posted by zionstrat View Post
    Freefrog, off topic are you saying that in paralle its close enough that to get a convincing filtertron from super distortion in parallel or were you just noting that the specs are similar? if it really gets filtronic I've got an immediate project I could use that on and would appreciate any input especially clips.
    Hi Zionstrat, I was thinking about the overall inductance & DCR, and to some physical specs: brass BP, symetrical coils with 12 identical pole pieces in each case... Not to mention that I currently own and use a P90 sized Super Distortion, whose small coils recall those of a FT.

    Now, honestly, I've never tried to mimic precisely a Filtertron with a (regular) SD in parallel. But on the basis of the specs (and if we forget the slightly wider "magnetic windows" of a PAF sized HB), I tend to think that it could come relatively close, even though it might require a few minor mods - unscrewing the poles to make them protude above the coils, adding an open metallic cover, if not swapping the ceramic mag for two stacked AlNiCo bars...

    If time permits, I'll try to compare the TV Jones Classic's that I have in a LP with the aforementioned P90 sized SD wired in parallel and I'll let you know the result. :-)
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    Default Re: What neck humbuckers sound best wired parallel?

    Quote Originally Posted by freefrog View Post
    Hi Zionstrat, I was thinking about the overall inductance & DCR, and to some physical specs: brass BP, symetrical coils with 12 identical pole pieces in each case... Not to mention that I currently own and use a P90 sized Super Distortion, whose small coils recall those of a FT.

    Now, honestly, I've never tried to mimic precisely a Filtertron with a (regular) SD in parallel. But on the basis of the specs (and if we forget the slightly wider "magnetic windows" of a PAF sized HB), I tend to think that it could come relatively close, even though it might require a few minor mods - unscrewing the poles to make them protude above the coils, adding an open metallic cover, if not swapping the ceramic mag for two stacked AlNiCo bars...

    If time permits, I'll try to compare the TV Jones Classic's that I have in a LP with the aforementioned P90 sized SD wired in parallel and I'll let you know the result. :-)
    Do you know of anybody that makes a toaster-style cover to fit the P90 size SuperD? That'd be super cool.
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    Default Re: What neck humbuckers sound best wired parallel?

    Quote Originally Posted by freefrog View Post
    Hi Zionstrat, I was thinking about the overall inductance & DCR, and to some physical specs: brass BP, symetrical coils with 12 identical pole pieces in each case... Not to mention that I currently own and use a P90 sized Super Distortion, whose small coils recall those of a FT.

    Now, honestly, I've never tried to mimic precisely a Filtertron with a (regular) SD in parallel. But on the basis of the specs (and if we forget the slightly wider "magnetic windows" of a PAF sized HB), I tend to think that it could come relatively close, even though it might require a few minor mods - unscrewing the poles to make them protude above the coils, adding an open metallic cover, if not swapping the ceramic mag for two stacked AlNiCo bars...

    If time permits, I'll try to compare the TV Jones Classic's that I have in a LP with the aforementioned P90 sized SD wired in parallel and I'll let you know the result. :-)
    Thank you so much!

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    Default Re: What neck humbuckers sound best wired parallel?

    Quote Originally Posted by eclecticsynergy View Post
    Do you know of anybody that makes a toaster-style cover to fit the P90 size SuperD? That'd be super cool.
    Yes it would be cool! I've not dug this question but as their narrow coils are not wider than strings spacing, P90 sized DiMarzio's should cooperate with various regular covers... if memory serves me, they fit nicely in a Guild/Fender mini HB cover, for example. I guess they would accept a regular FT cover with an H shaped slot (just like TV Jones can be covered with plastic P90 style frames).
    BTW, the spacing of their coil retainer screws, below their baseplate, also allows to mount P90 sized DM's on regular (wider) HB baseplates. It creates a gap between coils and it changes their coupling but it's doable if needed, IME. FWIW. :-)
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