Category: Gear

Fender Jaguar Replacement Pickups

I wanted to archive this information. Taken from OffsetGuitars.com forum

Fender AVRI
Official reissue of a ’62-ish jaguar pickup. Good quality, faithful recreation of the vintage sound. Cloth covered hookup wire.
Fender Japan
Decent recreation of the vintage sound. Are known to produce a lot of unwanted feedback when distorted.
Semour Duncan SJAG-1 Vintage for Jaguar
Good quality, faithful recreation of the vintage sound. Uses Alnico V rod magnets. Cloth covered hookup wire.
Semour Duncan SJAG-2 Hot for Jaguar
Overwound SJAG-1, resulting in a lot more output and a bit more emphasis on the lows. Uses Alnico V rod magnets. PVC covered hookup wire.
Semour Duncan SJAG-3 Quarter Pounder for Jaguar
Overwound pickup using long, 1/4″ thick Alnico V rod magnets. High output and a lot more emphasis on the mids. PVC covered hookup wire.
Semour Duncan Antiquity I for Jaguar
High quality detailed replica of an early black bottom jaguar pickup. These pickups have been slightly demagnitized to accurately simulate the sound of an aged original. Alnico II magnets. Cloth covered hookup wire.
Semour Duncan Antiquity II for Jaguar
High quality detailed replica of a mid 60s grey bottom jaguar pickup. These pickups have been slightly demagnitized to accurately simulate the sound of an aged original. Alnico V magnets. Cloth covered hookup wire.
Curtis Novak Jaguar pickups
High quality custom made vintage replicas. Although based on an original ’64 pickup, since they are custom, you can have them wound to suit your specific requirements. Options include Alnico II / III / V magnets, and enamel / formvar wire.

Note: Seymour Duncan pickups are in some cases wound differently than stock pickups, so for instance a SD neck pup and Fender bridge pup might not provide hum cancelling in the middle position, and may have phase issues. Apparently this isn’t always the case, but it’s something to look out for.

Jazzmaster Replacement Pickups

I wanted to archive this information. Taken from OffsetGuitars.com forum

Fender AVRI
Official reissue of a ’62-ish jazzmaster pickup. Good quality, faithful recreation of the vintage sound, although some feel they are a bit on the bright side. Cloth covered hookup wire.
Fender Japan
Decent quality pickups. However, these have a taller narrower central bobbin so the wind is shaped more like a Stratocaster pickup than ‘true’ Jazzmaster pickups, and this gives them a more Strat-like character with lower output and a thinner, brighter sound.
Semour Duncan SJM-1 Vintage for Jazzmaster
Good quality, faithful recreation of the vintage sound. Not quite as bright as the AVRIs. Supposedly based on the sound of a ’58 pickup. Uses Alnico V rod magnets. Cloth covered hookup wire.
Semour Duncan SJM-2 Hot for Jazzmaster
Overwound SJM-1, resulting in a lot more output and a bit more emphasis on the lows. Uses Alnico V rod magnets. PVC covered hookup wire.
Semour Duncan SJM-3 Quarter Pounder for Jazzmaster
Overwound pickup using long, 1/4″ thick Alnico V rod magnets, and a narrower and taller coil than a standard jazzmaster pickup. High output and a lot more emphasis on the mids. PVC covered hookup wire.
Semour Duncan Antiquity I for Jazzmaster
High quality detailed replica of an early black bottom jazzmaster pickup. These pickups have been slightly demagnitized to accurately simulate the sound of an aged original. Fairly dark tone. Alnico II magnets. Cloth covered hookup wire.
Semour Duncan Antiquity II for Jazzmaster
High quality detailed replica of a mid 60s grey bottom jazzmaster pickup. These pickups have been slightly demagnitized to accurately simulate the sound of an aged original. Brighter tone than Antiquity I. Alnico V magnets.Cloth covered hookup wire.
Curtis Novak Jazzmaster pickups
High quality custom made vintage replicas. Although based on an original ’63 pickup, since they are custom, you can have them wound to suit your specific requirements. He aslo offers P-90, PAF, Charlie Christian and standard humbucker pickups that will fit inside a jazzmaster pickup cover, with no modification required.
Jason Lollar Jazzmaster pickups
High quality custom made vintage replicas. Can also be wound to suit your requirements.

NPD: Xotic SP compressor

This came in the mail today by way of Amazon. It was a gift from my aunt in San Diego area. She bought one a month ago and she was really surprised by it. I am a huge fan of Xotic’s EP Booster and you can’t beat the size of it. I expressed interest in the SP since it had a blend knob and had tons of options VIA DIP switch. Long story cut kinda short, she bought one for me. Just got it today and deciding what settings to leave it on.

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New bench tool

I just picked up a Atten ADS1062CAL and it is more than I will ever need and to tell you the truth I don’t know even the basics of using it. I have started some basic online tutorials on how to use a oscilloscope to troubleshoot electronics and to tune frequencies. I got the oscilloscope at a good price so I just look at it as another tool for this DIY adventure.

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Here is a shot of my bench after a quick clean up and hooking up the oscilloscope.

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New gear: Death By Audio Madness

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Death By Audio Kill Kill Filter:

2 identicle eq’s can be switched back and forth on the fly for an endless seeming changing sounds as you play. This is basically an update DBA Sound Saw and they added in some gain also. The gain adds some nice sparkle and grit to any stacked fuzz or clean signal. I am really enjoying it and can find some great uses for it.

Death By Audio War Fuzz:

The Fuzz War from Death by Audio is the ultimate in thick, rich, nasty fuzz and distortion. The Fuzz War features more gain and fuzz sound than any other pedal on the market. Death by Audio knows that there is hundreds of fuzz pedals out there for guitar. Clones, original designs, there is a fuzz for every occasion. Now there’s a fuzz for all out galactic domination that ranges from a light overdrive to blistering fuzz chaos. Death by Audio has removed the internal drive control and added a fuzz knob on the face of the pedal that ranges from no distortion whatsoever to full on eardrum rattling fuzz. Set your volume, adjust the tone of the signal and then use the fuzz knob to layer in fuzz distortion.  ProAudioGuitars

New Gear: Death By Audio Interstellar Overdriver

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This showed up at my door today and it will find a nice home on my bass pedal board. I was looking for a overdrive that was not so “fuzz” for my bass and this kind of fell in my lap. Hope to get it burned in this weekend.

Death By Audio Interstellar Overdriver:

The Death By Audio Interstellar Overdriver yields days and days of warm, bluesy overdrive without the downfalls associated with screamer style pedals. The Interstellar Overdriver brings out the best of your guitar and amplifier combination and sounds better the more you turn it up. Watch out Stevie, this overdrive pedal could take over the planet. The Death By Audio Interstellar Overdriver is not transparent but adds a slight bit of midrange in just the right frequencies to add to your guitar tone and not sound muddy or oblique. This version is the Master Volume version. ProGuitarShop

80’s Dunlop Crybaby hackery

I got a free 80’s Dunlop Crybaby today and I like the sound of it but… I want to turn it into a box pedal so I can leave it in a toe or heel position into my OpAmp Big Muff Pi. So while I have this thing open I might as well throw some more control/mods on it. Here is some random notes I found on it.

Transistor Notes:

  • The 5117 silicon NPN transistors used in 70’s Crybaby wah pedals are not 2N5117’s. The number 5117 is a part number from Thomas Organ company. They are standard T092, e-c-b left to right on the flat side. Although they are obsolete, the modern day equivalent is 2N2925.

Sweep Notes:

  • you can widen the sweep by increasing the sweep cap (.01 off q2 emitter/inductor). a little goes a long way, try adding .002 at a time in parallel while listening. you can lower the sweep some without altering the highs. generally, the higher the pot value, the more highs.

Misc:

  • “Q” adjustment mod: changed 33K Ohms resistor to a 100K Ohm trimpot. You can use either a 56K or 68K resistor to tune the “Q”. Tuned trimpot to 56K ohms w/ multimeter before installing wah on circuit board.
  • Gain/Bass mod: changed the 510 Ohms resistor to a 1K Ohm trimpot. I adjusted trimpot w/ multimeter to 330 Ohms. Recommended trimpot values would be between 270 to 330 Ohms. You can use regular resistors in the 270 to 330 Ohms range.
  • Midrange mod: changed 1.5K Ohms resistor to 2.2K Ohms resistor. Other values to try out would be between 1.7K to 2.2K Ohm resistors. I was considering adding a 5K Ohm trimpot in place of the resistor and marking the trimpot on the values mentioned above. I might try this out in the future.
  • Volume mod: changed from 68K resistor to 47K resistor
  • Lower the wah frequency range: Changing the 0.01uF capacitor to a 0.022uF capacitor.

Mother of all info on wahs can be found here!