Wednesday, 10 June 2009
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I had a quick thought while picking up supplies. One of our sweetest combinations is an SJ4 with the latest version of our P-pickup in the neck and a Mach II bridge pickup. Who would be interested in an FD-3 neck pickup with a big-bottom P flavor? These would be to replace an existing FD-3 neck pickup.
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[quote="Grand Wazoo":2inudb1u]Sheldon, being relatively new here, I am not certain which pickup is the FD-3, is it one of those presently fitted to the ABZ and the the Combustion? The website lists them as FD-3 4L. are they the same thing? and is that what comes on a Super J P/J? Thanks[/quote:2inudb1u] FD3 4L is the latest version of the FD3 pickup, different in that it has 4 leads (or what are they called?) FD3s look like inverse P pickups on the inside, and on the 4L pickup, you could switch the two parts of the P pickup from parallel to series and vice versa. Non 4L FD3s are either wired in series or in parallel on the inside and are not switchable. All (recent) Dingwalls from the AB series have their neck pickup internally wired in parallel, neck in series. Those even more recent have switchable (4L) pickups in both positions although there are no switches installed by default. You could install them yourself, though; my AB-II has a neck pickup switch that I love. The Combustion does not have the same pickup as the ABZ, only the same pickup shell size. Combustions have FD3[i:2inudb1u]A[/i:2inudb1u] 4Ls, the alnico version of the FD3 4L fitted to ABZs and other AB models.
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[quote="Willem":1numze4p][quote="Sheldon Dingwall":1numze4p]It is available for an ABZ4 and ABZ5. We have them in stock. $150 for the 4 and $160 for the 5 + Postage.[/quote:1numze4p] Okay, but I don't have the bass yet. I am planning to order an ABZ6 somewhere in January, but now I know about this, I definately want it with the P sounding neck pup. When do you think the pup will be available for ABZ6's? They [i:1numze4p]are[/i:1numze4p] gonna be available, right?[/quote:1numze4p] We ran into problems trying to nail the distinctive P-like mids on the 6-string pickups. I can't commit to if or when a 6-string version would be available. As Bocete mentioned above the neck pickup can be re-wired in series which gives it a big, ballsy tone. It won't fool a P purist but it's got lot's of low mid power.
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Wow, kind of bummed out reading this. With the neck in series though, how's that gonna affect the two pickup series and parallel sounds? Will series be 'too much of a good thing' with both pups in series?
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[quote="Willem":24e37y7e]Wow, kind of bummed out reading this. With the neck in series though, how's that gonna affect the two pickup series and parallel sounds? Will series be 'too much of a good thing' with both pups in series?[/quote:24e37y7e] You definitely wouldn't want both pickups in series. A switch is nice. When playing neck pickup only I will always switch it to series, it becomes INSANELY fat and, not precision-like, more like it took what made the P a P and pushed it a bit too far. I don't know, I like it :) As for other positions, switching the neck pickup to series is viable but really disrupts the balance between pickups as it becomes dominant in output. Sometimes that is good, most of the times not so much. Having pickups in parallel, for example, is a J-like position nice for slap, but with neck pickup in series you get more a Geddy Lee tone, I don't know. If I were you I wouldn't fret about it too much. My AB-II is the only I know of with a neck pickup switch and noone seems to mind not having one. Watch [url:24e37y7e]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bmfOSD_Jjc[/url:24e37y7e], 5:11. It's a very good P sound as is. If I were you, I'd not worry about it at all and wait for the real 6 string P pickup.
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