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    A Note on Squealing Feedback and Some Ways to Avoid It

    The past week I had to deal three times with a set of pickups including a squealing transducer... The first was a pair of machine wound / unpotted P.A.F. replicas. The magnet of the bridge PU had been glued (!) to the baseplate by a previous owner but sadly, it didn't kill the high pitched...
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    2016 Fender Telecaster Elite : a warning for potential buyers !

    Yesterday, a friend came to show me his nice brand new (and expensive) Telecaster Elite, fitted with a 3 positions switch, two noiseless N4 pickups and a S1 switch allowing to put the pickups in series. As I had his Twin in maintenance here, we plugged the new guitar in it. He played the 4...
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    On stereo cables as guitar cables and on cable capacitance...

    I had initially posted this hasty rambling as an answer to another topic this morning... but publishing it separately while it's time to lunch will ease any potential research on the mentioned subjects, so let's go... Can stereo cable / microphone cable be used for guitars? Why? Yes: it...
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    Alni(co) alloys and tone: a few examples & thoughts

    Having read many generalizations about the ‘’tone’’ of alnico alloys on guitar forums, I’ve decided to share a few slices of my experiments. In the examples below, each upper chart stacks the frequencies produced by single notes, from unfretted low E to 22th fret high E. Each bottom...
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    A side note about Gibson Varitones...

    This thread is supposed to translate and sum up something that I've recently posted as a moderator on a site of lutherie, in my country. We know that Gibson Varitones are generally schematized on the Net as including low value inductors (1,5H). During more than 12 years, I've used comparable...
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    SMALL amps accepting EL34, 6L6 & others?

    Hi everyone, I'd like to find a small / low wattage amp accepting EL34, 6L6 and others. Something like a Peavey Windsor Studio or VHT Special 12 but with one single power tube if possible... I've already a list of single ended amps but they are either hard to find or to import, either way too...
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    Who tried 500T/496R with 3 or 4 conductors?

    I'm about to upgrade a PRS copy. The owner wants second hand "Gibson PU's" and a versatile wiring. The only used models that I've on the shelf right now are a pair of 496R/500T. I was thinking to mount them with a crude 1n treble bleed: it thins out the tone in a satisfying way with powerful...
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    4 pickups resurrected thanks to Rewind !

    No matter what and how, no matter why… Let’s just say that I had 4 dead PAF alike pickups which are now fully functional thanks to Rewind. I’ll be able to make a few other people happy with these puppies… :slash: So, let me comment the deal: -With the anonymous European customer...
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    Encounter with an outstanding T-Top ( !) & some thoughts on great HB’s…

    These last 30 years, I hadn’t yet found really good T-Tops : the ones that I had met and played were mostly bland sounding and weak. Then, yesterday, I’ve worked for a friend on a SG Deluxe from 1971 with Patent sticker T-Tops. The bridge PU had been mutilated and had an open...
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    For those who play real vintage Strats: which aftermarket vintagey PU do YOU prefer?

    Two days ago, I was testing/checking/playing again that late 1962 “early L series” Strat owned by a lucky friend… Then I’ve grabbed my 2d Strat with SSL1’s… The sounds should or could have been comparable : 6.16k and 2.6H for the vintage mid PU… 6.5k and 2.6H for my mid SSL1… both with...
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    Cap value more important than cap materials? An experiment.

    So, I’ve mounted two sets of PAF clones in the same LP, with the same pots (in 50’s wiring mode) but with different tone caps. Here are their specs: PAF clones 1 = 7.8k & 4.2H, 7,1k & 3,6H. Alnico 2 mag, PE wire. Tone caps: modern Orange Drops, 22n. PAF clones 2 = 8k &...
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    A2 & A5 PAF clones: which 1 in Flyin'V & ES style axes?

    Hi! Finally got a few hours of freedom this Sunday, so I can post this poll... Since the 80's, I've mounted a bunch of PU's, including many PAF replicas, in my own guitars or for my friends (I'm their guitar tech for free, they like it :laugh2:) Most of the PAF clones have been installed in...
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    SKATTERBRANE TWANGBRANES: 2d impression! :-)

    Great!:thumb: I was (and am still) really busy but I've found the time to put the bridge pickup next to the neck one already mounted... It's a very sensitive, "vocal" and expressive bridge PU, with much dynamics and clarity... Low DCR but it doesn't sound underwound at all. One of the very...
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    SKATTERBRANE TWANGBRANE : day one & 1st impressions!!!

    Finally, my brother came back from California with the set of Skatterbrane’s that I had luckily won: http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/pickups/189426-my-last-paf-clone-shoot-out-18.html#post3710423 It’s the set used by Jeff himself in his video number 12: The last Shoot-Out :: video...
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    What happens when you use a low capacitance cable? 2 minutes of drivel.

    This topic is a possible answer to a problem mentioned in another thread. I post it as a new topic in order to share information with more people. Sorry for those who already know what I'm talking about...Drivel of an old mind... :420: Let's go. When you use a passive guitar pickup, the...
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    Does the wiring harness of a Les Paul changes its tone ? Why? Some thoughts…

    I’ve focused on these questions yesterday, as I was changing the wiring between pickups and selector on a Gibby LP Std. The original cable was a multicolor 5 conductors, like those used in 4 cables PU’s: one of the thin wires was broken. I’ve replaced it with a...
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    Do various caps sound differently with tone pot is full up? Another test...

    EDIT - For the tittle, please read: "Do various caps sound differently WHEN tone pot is full up? Another useless and stupid test". I HAD to do that one despite of my busy weeks… -guitar pickup used: a basic single coil with a ceramic mag glued below the poles. R=6k, L= 3H. -method...
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    Dirt box sounding like my Blackstar HT Dual but in a smaller package: ideas?

    Hi there, I've currently two pedalboards: -a big one with a digital MFX and a Blackstar HT-Dual that I use in stereo with a Marshall + one or two other amps on big stages; -a smaller analog board with 9v pedals that I plug when I use a single combo amp. Among the dozen of pedals that I stack...
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    Tone caps THD test, with polyphonic signal, through guitar PU & wiring harness…

    Hi there, I’ve been silent these last weeks because I was way too busy: I had to prepare an event on which my career was depending… Now that it belongs to the past, I’m back and I can do what I had promised. :) LET ME (RE)INTRODUCE MYSELF !-) I’ve already...
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    High pitched squeal with potted pickups: solutions?

    Hi there, A friend has got a pair of Burstbucker Pro's which squeal like rats under high gain, although they are non covered and supposedly potted (I had the same issue with mines in the past) ... Solutions, please? I'd prefer to fix it without having to unsolder the PU's: the dude needs his...


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