Friday, 22 July 2011
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Is PJ pup set for Combustion a simple drop-in-and-solder job or do I need more stuff? I've got a lovely stock 5-string Combustion (number 00349) I'm really just looking for - a more powerful signal (which is what the FD-3s will do), and - a more Tamla/Motown sound (which is what the FD3 P-Tone neck pickup will do, especially with the flatwound strings I've got on order) So do I need to do anything other than order a set of PJ pickups from Sheldon and pass them along to my favourite luthier when he comes back from holiday on August 30th? I ask, because I've read some very enthusiastic threads from people who've done a lot more hot-rodding on their Dingwalls, so will I need to for example - change the stock EMG preamp for another one, or - install a switch or two, or - replace the vol/vol with a vol+4-way-selector, - anything else? Thanks for your advice, views, encouragement, chat, camaraderie etc. :-) All the best, Fletch
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It can be as simple as just removing the old pickups and soldering in the new ones. One thing to watch out for it overheating the pots. Lead-free solder takes more heat to melt which can make the pot eyelets come loose resulting in crackling and cutting out.
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Hey Fletch, I would recommend the 4 pos switch once it becomes available for the Combustion. The knobs are due to be fabricated as far as I know. You might also consider making the volume a push/pull active/passive switch at the same time. As for other switching, individual pickup series/parallel switches come to mind. However, the bridge pickup should be left in series in my opinion, and as for the neck pickup, no switching if you are going for the new P pickup, or definitely add switching if you're going for the standard FD-34L. The P pickup is designed to be in series and who knows what might switching do to it, while the FD-3 neck pickup is normally in parallel and switching it to series gives it a very aggressive P-like tone - one of my favorites on my AB-II. I usually keep it in parallel on all pickup positions instead of neck-solo for which I push it to series.
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":22dcrc4k]...One thing to watch out for it overheating the pots...[/quote:22dcrc4k] Thanks, Sheldon, I'll pass the info on to the luthier (who I expect knows already, but better safe than sorry). [quote="Bocete":22dcrc4k]... 4 pos switch ... volume a push/pull active/passive switch ... bridge pickup should be left in series ... neck pickup, no switching...for the new P pickup...in series[/quote:22dcrc4k] Thanks, Bocete, I'll save that set of knob modifications for next year's session and keep the vol/vol for now while I get used to the mods, but the info about having everything wired in series is just what I was looking for. Big Thanks!
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Just got the combustion back from the luthier, with its new set of FD3 L&P pickups, and very nice it sounds too - big difference between the bridge and the neck now, and the level is a lot bigger than with the stock FD3 A pickups. Another happy customer! PS. The luthier, Gérard Cailleaux, was very impressed with the pickups too, very much liking the sound of them.
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