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    Free-Way 10 Position Switch on American Standard

    It's not obvious how. I doubt that it can be done with that switch because it would mess up the serial/parallel switching - a common tone pot would tie the hot output wires together and prevent serial connection. Seems to be limited to either master tone, or dedicate-tone-to-specific-pickup...
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    Dave Murray's '57 Strat

    Funnily enough I had exactly the same (false?) memory, but internet is only showing me photos of a conventional slug/screw today (maybe DP-103 - which didn't exist in 1984), so I dunno? I've got the 15kΩ 7H dual hex pickup in there now, and I do think it's better at LAD neck tone than the 8.3kΩ...
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    Dave Murray's '57 Strat

    One year. One $#!^&||\|@ year. In dribs and drabs over this year: Put Donlis Ivory Hex Pole Piece Ceramic humbuckers along with Donlis chrome rings in the old Strat copy. Really well made pickups, look and sound the part. Tonerider Pure Vintage bridge in the middle (A5/A3 combo)...
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    Two guitars with the same materials - sound different

    At this distance I'd tend to think most of the difference belongs to the neck (for an interminable list of reasons). Many threads here about tone following the neck. My single experience, bright guitar / dark guitar, swapped the necks, tone goes with the neck. Interesting. Paul Gilbert has...
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    Why vintage pickups are generally (considered) better?

    Rhetorical question - why does the solid body electric guitar even exist? True. Completely disagree on so many levels, pickup microphony is a niche interest, like moustache grooming or fixed gear bicycles. "Complex" is not a synonym for "preferable", particularly in context of electric...
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    Why vintage pickups are generally (considered) better?

    Picking up only on "most people" - strongly disagree microphonic pickups are beneficial for the majority - there's an excellent reason that nearly all pickups are potted these days. Back when unpotted pickups were common, you had to keep your double boiler handy. I'll echo the other poster...
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    High Output Humbuckers Alnico V vs Ceramic?

    Well it's a question of taste. I personally don't agree, but you might. Amongst other effects, putting a big lump of ferromagnetic alloy (AlNiCo magnet) next to a coil raises the inductance, moving the resonant frequency of the pickup down. The conductive alloy also provides a medium for eddy...
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    Weird tone pot problem

    Glad you worked it out. Mod #4 was attaching the series/parallel switching to a volume pot, not a tone pot, so it need a little massaging to work with a tone pot, couldn't be copied exactly as was. Anyway, all ends well.
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    NGD - Ibanez Premium AZ226PB

    Yes, similar thought when first saw AZ - Ibanez rotated out some of their older designs and freshened them up a little. I think I understand the implication in the OP. If so, when I saw those guitars I thought they were influenced by early '80s Ibanez, rightly or wrongly. Edit: Not that it's...
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    Weird tone pot problem

    Sounds like both ends of the track are grounded, and capacitor is connected to wiper. Thus highest resistance presented to capacitor is when the wiper is at middle of the track (125kΩ at middle given 500kΩ pot (250kΩ||250kΩ)). Is one track lug touching something it shouldn't? (Braid...
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    2021 Fenders leak

    Must be getting old - Fender's releases this year are more interesting to me than Ibanez' - I don't understand what's happening.
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    Onboard preamp question...

    You could trawl through datasheets, but just copying EMG would be tempting to me, LM4250 is available in DIP, 0.6mW in National's example differential circuit.
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    Onboard preamp question...

    Electrosmash has the circuit - EMG81 Pickup Analysis. Pretty easy to whip up on veroboard, if you are modifying components anyway. Are you really after differential - with one coil hanging off inverting, other coil hanging off non-inverting? Or would simple onboard buffer do?
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    Pickup Wiring Help Needed

    Nice one! That trick with the coil junctions - neat when someone goes off-script with standard components and comes up with something interesting. Me either, never really bother with them now, only use auto-tap to match adjacent single coil H-S-H / H-S-S. Also generally like to have...
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    Replacing a Stratocaster Two point Tremolo

    I know it's not as fun as buying new parts, but grub screws held firmly in soft jaws and a bit of attention with 4" grinder would sort that out. Are Strat Plus offset saddles still 4-40 grub screws? If so, you can also buy 4-40 grub screws in whatever length you need to get them below the...
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    Replacing a Stratocaster Two point Tremolo

    On the off-chance, what kind of saddle are you after? Callaham (bent steel), KTS (titanium), Wilkinson (locking), Graph Tech, etc. make offset saddles.
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    Pickup Wiring Help Needed

    Parallel will be brighter and a little lower output, so heading more towards a single coil sound. Positions should be interchangeable. At first glance, just swap terminal 4 & 5 on every pole to flip the neck series/parallel selection.
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    Pickup Wiring Help Needed

    OK playing along, almost this: But physically spin one of the pickups 180°, so that positions are actually as below. (Assuming stock SD magnetic polarity.) Bridge Humbucker Bridge & Neck outer coils parallel (humbucking) Bridge & Neck humbuckers Bridge & Neck inner coils parallel...
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    leave clip-on tuner on while performing?

    Laura and Mark do it. Having now delegated all my style decisions to them, I'd feel undressed without it.
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    Value reduction if modding / pulling out electronics of 70s Fender Tele

    Magic labelled guitar cable with 330kΩ resistor soldered across tip/sleeve inside the jack. Non-invasive starter, and would give an idea of the sound of changing the pots.
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    Your Best Use of Money on Guitar Mods

    Gave this entirely too much thought, but: Donlis Ivory Hex Pole Piece Ceramic Magnet Electric Guitar Humbucking Pickup Wax Potted - $28 for giving your old Strat copy a Dave Murray makeover, really well made pickups, look and sound the part.
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    Permanent Coil Tapped SD Tele pickup wiring

    Based on this text description, I don't think you've got an STL-2, you've got a stacked humbucker. I suspect you've described: black wire to signal red/white ??? joined isolated ??? green/shield to ground If you had an STL-2, there'd be three wires: white - one coil end red - coil tap...
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    What is the smallest number of pedals you need to do (almost*) everything you do?

    (Same, was expecting more zero.) Zero. Bridge humbucker, cable, cascaded triodes into master volume preamp, some sort of power amp, 25W Greenback style speaker(s) in open or closed cabinet, done. But let's go one. Block logo Phase 90 before preamp (R28 for stronger phase and more distortion).
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    Any way to spot an original Floyd from 1984 vs the reissue?

    Interesting. Another thing our baseplates have in common - they're black. Just to throw another completely unsubstantiated theory out there - wonder if black missed an underside finishing step relative to other finishes? Is your '87/88 Floyd chrome by any chance? May have to remain in the...
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    Any way to spot an original Floyd from 1984 vs the reissue?

    Ah! Now you've confused me! (Easily done.) I bought one maybe fifteen years ago second hand, in box, abandoned project. Grid dot pattern on base plate. Bushing studs. Screw collar arm. "Made in Germany" one line. Patent numbers on block. "37" dimension on block. "Floyd Rose original" two...
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