Dry Z

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  1. jacco

    jacco Senior Member

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    I have seen 2 reviews of a Dry Z taken apart, one said they were A2s and the other A3s. I also vaguely remember an interview with the original designer of DryZs were he said they were A3, not sure though. I also remember that they ran out of the NOS wire they used at the end of Dry-Z production.
    I personally would like to know how I can determine which magnets are in there, maybe EFK can give me some hints.
    They were wax potted for sure.

    Also, strange enough, no matter how they read (a Dry Z can vary from 6.8 to 8.3) they sound similar; great note definition and the typical glorious break-up when driven.
    Personally I do not like how they sound clean; to my ears they lack dynamics and have too much 'air' in them.


    A VH-1 is quite different, not only because it changed over the years.
    The original VH-1 hype started with owners of early 80s FLG-90s & RLG-90s. With the knowledge available back then, they thought they had VH-1s but as we know now the FLG-90s sported L8001s and the RLG-90 up to 1984 VH2s..
    I think both L8001 and VH2 are the same pickup. Based on readings and magnet type used.

    The VH-1 changed gradually over the years and there are at least 3 types of them; changing from potted A3, potted A2 to unpotted A5 in the end.
     
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  2. freebird2

    freebird2 Senior Member

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    I own that set that Don did his review. They have a 1981 serial number. He purchased the pickups direct from a seller in Japan and installed them in an EGF-1000. I then purchased the Dry Z equipped EGF from Don. I sold the Greco, but kept the Dry Zs. I now have the Dry Zs in my 1980 Reborn Old LS-80. I like them just fine, although I'm playing my Corsa Les Pauls more often than the Tokai these days.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. luis

    luis Senior Member

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    It seems Don did not understand the hype about them:

    "Hello- the Dry Z's came today US Mail - signature required from Japan _

    they're A-OK

    Not messed with or altered - they checked out to be - unsoldered - and the shiny screws are original and have never been pulled out -

    Put them in the Greco Les Paul -

    They sound better then the Duncans here and better then the Dimarzios.

    they're pretty much that PAF tone -- just a little more direct and smooth?
    but almost perfect..

    so there no Holy Grail - "just good" and better then whats being put out by the big corps..

    nothing to write home about - but a darn fine tool.."

    (...........)

    Don
     
  4. BrazenPicker

    BrazenPicker Senior Member

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    ^^^ If you're referring to his review on the pickup maker forum, he was raving about them later in the same thread, after taking them out on a gig.

    Personally I'm quite a fan, and have no problem paying similar prices to many boutique pickups. I used to have 4 sets (now 3) and I agree with Villager that they sound good in everything. Can't compare them to the VH-1s though.
     
  5. dsuspense

    dsuspense Senior Member

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    Surprised there are still Zs out there for sale.
    Seen none on YJ for months, and private sellers are holding tight on to them.
    I at least have two in my EGF-1200, but am on the lookout for Zs and PU-2s again...
     
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  6. JamesT

    JamesT Senior Member

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    Agree with Jacco. They sound great driven. Clean they sound a little too brittle to my ears. Definitely tops for production pickups from this era. I also remember them as being A3 mags by the way.
     
  7. MauiCliff

    MauiCliff Senior Member

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    So......................Have you bought a set of

    Dry-z's.................... yet?
     
  8. rayspang

    rayspang Senior Member

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    There are sets of Ibanez Maxon "super 58" pickups out there with the "Z"
    on the base plate. Some say they are the same as the Dry Z, but it could be Maxon just had a few Dry Z base plates laying around when they made S58 pickups. Super 58's were AlNiCo 5, made around 1980 and had a DC resistance of around 6.8
     
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    bertrand4070 Senior Member

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    i have only one dry-z for sale. it is in france. pm if you need.
     
  10. Natima

    Natima Silver Supporter

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    Actually S58's were Alnico III.
    Reissue S58's maybe not... but the original S58's which debuted the exact same time Dry-Z's did were deffo Alnico III.
    http://www.guitartechcraig.com/ibanez/82armc/82ar3.jpg
    I have a few S58's and I'm pretty sure they're all above 7k Ohms.
     
  11. reborn old

    reborn old Senior Member

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    Dry Z's are reported to have Alnico 3 magnets.

    Although rare, some Ibanez PU-2's had brass or brass plated base plates, covers + slugs as well.
     
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    I'm beginning to think that all the late seventies, eighties Maxxon pickups are a good bet.
     
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  13. JDB

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    U-4000s:thumb:
     
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  14. brizzle

    brizzle Senior Member

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    semi related to dry z's...

    does anyone have a spare neck pickup plastic surround or set they would be willing to sell? I tried buying a replacement set because my neck holder cracked causing my dry z pickup to shift around, but the ebay set were the wrong size...looked super cheap. Please reach out and I'll paypal you for them.
     
  15. dsuspense

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    Just finished taking some shot of my Zs from my 1200.
    These are untouched and wax potted...

    [​IMG]
     
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  16. weiht

    weiht Member

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    No luck so far.. I do remember the excel pickup I got stock on a Greco strat. They were the best sounding pickups I'e heard on a strat.

    I didn't know back then that it was worth so much.. Read that it goes for $300..
     
  17. brizzle

    brizzle Senior Member

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    One thing to add regarding dry z pickups...yes they sound amazing especially overdriven. But my 1990's burny sg's stock pickups sound every bit as great overdriven. No idea what pickups come stock in 90s burny's, but they are great too. And I'll bet they wouldn't cost $450 for a pair on the 'bay.
     
  18. jacco

    jacco Senior Member

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    After 1991 most of them were VH-1s
     
  19. Udonitron

    Udonitron Psychedelic Stoner Rock Premium Member

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    Neo VH-1's ;)
     
  20. jacco

    jacco Senior Member

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    Yep and at some point, they were made by Gotoh
     

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