(Vineham content) Has anyone tried an un potted Super Distortion style pickup?

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  1. morbidalex666

    morbidalex666 Senior Member

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    I'm currently going through a Iron Maiden phase and I've been looking for a Super Distortion type pickup.
    Looking at all the positive comments on Vineham pickups, I went ahead and pulled the trigger on his Triple D pickup. I ordered one with double Larry bobbins, thick ceramic magnet, braided lead, long leg baseplate and no potting. I am used to non-potted paf style pickups and I found no reason why I should order a ceramic magnet based pickup potted. Glad I made this decision!

    I must mention at this point that I used to own an early 80s Dimarzio Dual Sound (a Super Distortion with 4 conductor wiring). I sold that pickup, because at the time I didn't have a use for it.
    The Vineham sounds to my ears way better than the original!
    I don't know why, but the Vineham appears to be more responsive, to have more detail and it falls into musical feedback easier.
    Very impressive.

    I've put an original Dimarzio Evolution at the neck position of the same guitar. Supossedly, the Evolution is a pickup with exceptional presense and definition, designed to reproduce more harmonic overtones than conventional humbuckers. The Vineham in comparison was way more responsive, with more presense, more detail. I was able to get easily musical feedback with the Vineham and as soon as I switched back to the neck pickup, the feedback cut off. Out went the Evolution. Back in the Tysonn TTL-2 neck.

    80$ for a custom pickup is a very fair price IMO. The turnaround was 9 days in my case, which was great.

    Very impressed with Craig Vineham's servise and I will keep him in mind in the future.

    Cheers everyone!!
     
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    Guitar Rod Senior Member

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    Very cool. Congrats on the new pickup! And good to hear about his other pickups.
     
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    Al Walker Senior Member

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    A high output unpotted humbucker can easily take out your amp speaker(s) if you are not careful. I speak with experiance. Just make sure everything is turned down when turning it on.
     
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    morbidalex666 Senior Member

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    Well, I've had similar experience with a low output humbucker that just was too microphonic.
    My guitar vol is always on 0, if I'm not playing since then lol!

    But please, share your own experience. What pickup was the one that blew speakers?
     
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    Al Walker Senior Member

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    The pickup was a mid 70s Mighty Mite Vintage hot in my '65 Melody Maker. It was wound to 16k. Blew the Celestion out of my Legend R&R 50 in about 1/2 second, POOF, Gone.
     
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    morbidalex666 Senior Member

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    Ouch!!
    That must have hurt.

    Although, it sounds to me like a microphonic pup, not just unpotted.
    Yes, non potting will result in a more "alive" pickup, but not microphonic necessarily.
     
  7. cooljuk

    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    How do you figure a pickup caused your speaker to blow?
     
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    Harmonics. The amp and guitar were turned up to loud when I turned the amp on and Instant squeal.
     
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    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    I just never heard of 1/2 second of feedback blowing an impedance matched speaker in a guitar amp. That's a new one to me. Sorry to hear it.

    FWIW - My 1970's Super Distortions are all unpotted.
     
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    morbidalex666 Senior Member

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    Pics man c'mon!! lol!
     
  11. cooljuk

    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    Here's some I already have uploaded...
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    I've heard High end can take out a speaker but no personal experience with that .the low end is what takes the Horsepower/Voltage to really move a speaker cone .
     
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    morbidalex666 Senior Member

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    James these pics are pure gold man!
     

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