3 Temmuz 2019 Çarşamba

Humbucker Modifications: Re-Animation of Ibanez V7

Humbucker Modifications: Re-Animation of Ibanez V7

Last week one of my friends wife come back from US and brought some bar magnets to me. Hence i will able to apply them on some of my projects, at last.

First of all, i was not happy with the pickups of my last “new” guitar; Charvel Model A (made in Japan, 2002) which has Seymour Duncan Livewire Metal (LWM) set. They are truely “Take No Prisoners” kindo metal humbuckers and this is not my mentality. I love versatile humbuckers; pickups that you can control, alter, rule shortly by changing the switch position, by volume knob or even by your picking intensity, you know what i mean. Those LWM set is, on the other hand, awesome if you play in a death metal , black metal, doom, stoner rock kind of band. They are hot, in-your-face, way too powerful and can cut even the densist mix. Next thing you know, they are too compressed and dark for me. So i need to swap them. But what should i pick? I had some humbuckers which has a potential from my other guitars so i decided to use them instead of affording a new set.

The first pickup to use is the one that doesnt need manipulation is Gibson 490T. It actually is a bridge pickup and has around 8,5K dc resistance value and alnico 2 magnet. Kind of PAF. I decided to use it on the neck position. As a consequence i need slightly hotter humbucker than 490T for the bridge position.

Best option for me seemed Ibanez V7 that i had one from my 1992 RG550LTD. Anyone familiar to Ibanez RG guitars knows something about V7/V8 set, i think. Ibanez installs them on some of their flagship guitars like RG550s for years. And i literally don’t like them; not even a slightest. Because they are always TOO MUDDY for me. But i believed the potential of V7 as a bridge hb (just like V1). The data of the V1, V2 and V7, V8 can be presented here;

4 Nisan 2019 Perşembe

Humbucker Mods: Dimarzio/IBZ and Ibanez V1

Humbucker Modifications: Dimarzio/IBZ and Ibanez V1

Achieving exeptional sounds by modifying the pickups teirselves is fun. It’s relatively cheap and not as hard as most of you may worry. Naturally, the first rule of those humbucker modification is understanding the basics of the pickups; how does a pickup works, what kind of magnets can be used, what are the roles of inductance, capacitance and resistance, what importance does the material of baseplate, magnet type, strenght of magnet, pole piece etc. Well, it’s not necessary to be a rocket science professor about it but good information will not hurt anyone, right?

I’ll tell you the my aim on modifing those Dimarzio/IBZ and V1 first. My RG550 had V7 and V8 humbuckers on and i really don’t like them. Buying a brand new pair of humbuckers would save me from work probably but it is not fun at all. Moreover it’s not economic (being thrifty is fine, ladies and germs) and won’t give you the joy of exploring to find something useful. So i’ve considered what i’d got in my hands first and saw those humbuckers. Since i like Dimarzio/IBZ hbs i could use it but i hadn’t got a pair; just neck version. I had also V1 and V2 available. V1 was around 10K and kept it for trying on the bridge position and didn’t want to go on with V2 which reminds me Seymour Duncan JB (not too close but just resembles me, you know). But!!! According to the specs they seemed incompatible with each other; dimarzio is wound aroun 8,5K and had a thick ceramic magnet while V1 is wound 10K and had alnico 5 magnet. How could i maket hem compatible with each other?

8 Ocak 2019 Salı

Wes Hauch’s New Seymour Duncan Sig. Humbuckers

Widely considered one of the best players in the modern metal scene, Wes Hauch’s reputation precedes him. Whether playing with The Faceless, dropping a guest spot on Periphery II,  or in Alluvial, Wes’ ferociously aggressive and immaculately clean playing cuts like a knife through the mix.

To facilitate the articulate and aggressive tones he's known for, Wes requested a rails humbucker for 7-string with searing output and maximum clarity and balance. Built with dual stainless-steel rail poles, a ceramic magnet and a finely tuned high output wind developed closely with Wes, the result is the Jupiter for 7-string – a pickup that delivers aggressive mid-range focused attack, evenly balanced string response, and clarity.It won’t make you play like Wes, but it will help you cop his tone.  All Jupiter humbuckers come with a 500k Seymour Duncan potentiometer – Wes’ preferred pot – and the first 150 pickups will be signed by Wes and the team who worked on the project. DC Resistance: 17.8k

29 Haziran 2018 Cuma

Charvel Releases All New DK-24's. Budget Guthrie Govans

Charvel releases all new DK-24 models. 2 years ago they released a limited edition DK24LTD and after its success new models are designed and announced. To me, they have many significant advantages and aspects that Charvel Guthrie Govan have.

Press Release says;

The all-new DK24 HSH 2PT CM and DK24 HSS 2PT CM models take our modern DK24 platform up a notch with a two-piece bolt-on caramelized maple "speed" neck with graphite reinforcement, sculpted heel, heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel, Luminlay side dots and a silky-smooth hand-rubbed urethane finish. A 12"-16" compound radius caramelized maple fingerboard features comfortable rolled edges, 24 jumbo frets, pearloid dot inlays and Graph Tech® nut.

Other premium modern features include a five-way blade pickup switch, Stratocaster-style speed knobs for the volume (with 500K EVH® Bourns® low-friction potentiometer) and no-load tone controls, Gotoh Custom 510 recessed tremolo bridge, locking tuners and chrome hardware.

The DK24 HSH 2PT CM offers a HSH pickup configuration consisting of a Custom Seymour Duncan Full Shred SH-10B bridge pickup, Seymour Duncan Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 single-coil middle pickup and Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro APH-1N neck pickup.

The DK24 HSS 2PT CM offers a HSS pickup configuration consisting of a Custom Seymour Duncan Full Shred SH-10B bridge pickup, Seymour Duncan Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 single-coil middle pickup and Seymour Duncan Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 RWRP single-coil neck pickup.

And the models;

5 Aralık 2016 Pazartesi

Relic Guitars The Hague - The Interview


Hi Frans. This is Baris from Guitarism. Welcome to my passion. Now lets begin with your very first beginnings. Whats the story behind the Hague?

RGTH started back in december 2015. Before that, Robert and I were building guitars from our garden shed just for fun and hobby. When our first builds sold quickly, custom orders were coming in and soon after that, we were building 150 guitars in the evenings and weekends. A year later we decided to make the company official. Last year we moved twice to bigger workshops so as to give our expanding business more space and to accommodate the large machines we need to build our guitars.

We’re still a small custom shop, we build around 250 guitars a year, both on special demand and in small series. Our focus is on building vintage style guitars. Custom (hand) made, for a ‘factory price’. That way everybody can have a high quality handmade guitar for a descent price, including our unique lifetime warranty.

28 Temmuz 2016 Perşembe

Suhr Introduces New 7 String: MS7

When creating the MS7 we sought to address the needs of extended range players, paying close attention to all of the elements that contribute to great tone and playability. The MS7 is an extremely responsive instrument, in large part due to the resonance of African Mahogany. Our 7 Hot pickups are articulate and clear, with enough output to stay focused through the highest gain amps. The MS7 delivers the aggressive low string response needed for drop tuned riffing while still feeling comfortable in the higher register for solos, resulting in a truly versatile 7 string playing experience.

Model: Modern 7
Body Wood: African Mahogany
Body Finish: Satin Urethane
Body Colors: Black
Bridge: Hipshot 7 String Fixed
Hardware Finish: Black
Scale Length: 25.5"
Fingerboard Radius: 11” - 16" Compound
Frets: 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel
Neck Shape: Modern Elliptical 7 (.780" - .850")
Neck Wood: African Mahogany
Fingerboard Wood: Ebony
Fret Markers: Mother of Pearl Side Dots
12th Fret Inlay: Mother of Pearl Double S
Neck Finish: Satin Urethane
Neck Color: Black
Tuning Machines: Suhr Locking
Truss Rod: Single Action, Headstock Adjust
Controls: Volume, Tone
Switching: 5-Way Blade
Pickups: 7 Hot Humbuckers
Strings: .010 - .056
Case: Deluxe Suhr Gig Bag
MSRP: $3500.00
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