Tuesday, 08 April 2008
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OK guys, I have been a little scarce lately due to work and well... life. I try to at least drop in and see what's new fairly regularly. Lately I have seen a several of different postings on a bunch of new Dingwall pickups. I've heard about Fatties, Mach II's, four conductor this, and series/parallel that. :? Now I am a die-hard FD1 guy. But since these are no longer available, I wanted to get an idea of what might be available for my next Dingwall purchase. Or, is there something new out there that would make me want to consider replacing my beloved pickups? So I was hoping some of you guys who have your fingers on the pulse of everything that's Dingwall could bring me up to date.
13 years ago
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Hi Zac! The shop's been busy lately, hasn't it! FD-3 Mach 2 (version one) have the coils wired in series instead of the old FD-3 which is wired in parallel. Originally they were available with two leads. The next step was the FD-3 Mach II with 4 conductors, meaning that they can be switched in Parallel or Series within the pickup, and thus the pickups can also be put in series or parallel as well. Because of this new set-up the BluEQube is no longer the standard as most of the tones represented are available with the individual pickup P/S switching. Fatties were developed for the newest run of Super-J's I believe but are available for Z series too...where a Z-3 gets a bit crowded with the ol' soapbars. When Sheldon and I discussed them, the feeling I got was that they're basically a 'super-jazz' pickup. Lots of hot burpy mids.
13 years ago
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Man, thanks for the update. I wonder if it would be possible to have my FD1s modded to a four lead set up for series/parallel switching. I would love to hear a FD1 wired in series in the bridge position!
13 years ago
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If the FD-1's are built the same way as FD-3's then probably not. The FD-3's are potted in resin or epoxy and can't be unassembled. You'd have to check for sure, or maybe Sheldon will post something...
13 years ago
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[quote="BurningSkies":xir1brm2]If the FD-1's are built the same way as FD-3's then probably not. The FD-3's are potted in resin or epoxy and can't be unassembled. You'd have to check for sure, or maybe Sheldon will post something...[/quote:xir1brm2] The FD-1s are, indeed, potted in resin. I suppose it would take some really careful surgery to change the internal wiring if it were possible at all. The 1s (DC resistance of approx. 4.3 Ohms) have a smaller gauge winding wire than the 3s (DC resistance of approx. 2.2 Ohms). I'm not sure how else they differ.
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