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    IR loader pedal ideas.... please help!!

    I'd recommend Nux solid Studio. for various reasons: 1) it allows to capture the sound of your loudspeaker(s) or even the power amp + cab and sounds realistic. it"s a kind of simplified Kemper, if you will... 2) it has an ultra low latency, that my Joyo Cab Box has not; 3) it has a true...
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    DO YOU KNOW THIS p90 ??

    Hello again, There's already many info in the page about Blueshawk guitars mentioned in my previous post. I've also contributed to this topic recently: https://www.mylespaul.com/threads/dummy-coils-theory-help-then-maybe-application.455538/ Now and to keep it simple: if you want the simplest...
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    Why do so many people hate on the 496r/500t?

    Two observations here... 496R might tend to sound muddy in 22 frets guitars but do a good job in 24 frets ones. 500T can give excellent results once associated to some creative wiring... I've recently paired one with a custom home made humbucking inductive filter and it sounds more than good...
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    DO YOU KNOW THIS p90 ??

    Hello, Like ARandall, I wouldn't expect less noise with a "real" P90: I'd even say that, as big bar mags + screw poles + keeper bars rise the inductance, the hum risks to get worse. If noise is annoying and if you want to keep the look of a P90's, there's various noiseless models able to do...
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    Dimarzio's defending their double cream

    But this victory in court is not necessarily a victory in the heart of customers... ... and it brings back old stories whose knowledge might disgust a couple of potential users. I'll quote what Wolfe had the kindness to recall for me some years ago ...
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    Installed a 500T and...

    Measurements done here state a DCR of 15.45k and an inductance of 7.77H. But my archives also mention 14.6k and 8.6H for an older model. i've Gauss measurements somewhere... with their 3 ceramic bars, these things exhibit a strong magnetic field.
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    DeArmond foils-type tone?

    From cheap to boutique brands, various PU's released these last years look like DeArmond's and are supposed to sound like them. I'm really not sure they have all the same inner structure and components than original ones... IME and AFAIK, real Rowe / DeArmond's "foil" PU's were/are cheap...
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    Cant find the sound with my chambered standard...

    Might be "double tones". Do a Google search with these words or, to keep it short, just listen the first notes here: And anyway, enjoy with your future JB's...
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    Dummy Coils - Theory help (then maybe application)

    Delayed answer (been too busy the past days). If you use rare Earth mags instead of AlNico bars in a P90, you might have to pull off the "keeper bar" below the coil and to shorten the screw poles by cutting them. Reasons: -the probable north / south polarization of such mags is not meant to...
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    Dummy Coils - Theory help (then maybe application)

    Hello, In my test, the position of the guitar relatively to the "noise source" (a lamp next to a computer screen) was strictly the same. I've changed ONLY the position of the dummy coil in the guitar or next to it. That said: yes, of course, we can tame the hum by giving a different position /...
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    Dummy Coils - Theory help (then maybe application)

    Lester, I've omitted to add graphic separators between parts but all are there. The dummy coil just makes very little to no difference when it's not oriented properly (or increases the noise when flipped upside down). Roger66, -The second trace is with the dummy coil inside the shielded cavity...
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    Dummy Coils - Theory help (then maybe application)

    Lester, I haven't replied immediately to your questions 'cause I wanted to do a funny il' test for ya. Not that I've too much free time but it took me only five minutes this evening.... Below is the trace of a recording involving my Hamer with P90's, through a Tube Screamer feeding a tube...
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    Dummy Coils - Theory help (then maybe application)

    1) A dummy coil with regular specs (like a pickup without mag(s)) has indeed a negative impact on tone. But it can be compensated. For instance, the pickups of the Blueshawk were not normal P90's. they were P90's with AlNiCo rods, giving them a lower inductance and more "touch sensitivity" thx...
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    Dummy Coils - Theory help (then maybe application)

    For the record, a (series) dummy coil will also lower the output level a bit, because it doesn't add only "useless inductance" but also useless resistance - if it's a standard dummy coil with the same specs than a regular PU, of course. Also: I've used old pickups as dummy coils and/or wound my...
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    Cant find the sound with my chambered standard...

    +1. As a matter of fact, F Rock, if your LP Custom had the sound with a JB, it seems logical to try the same pickup in another LP.... Especially if we consider that JB's are stock bridge pickups in the most expensive Fernandes Gillis models... Furthermore, several of the guitars that you...


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