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Offline TimeFlys

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PDF35 mag pups
« on: October 09, 2014, 08:26:07 AM »
New to Parker guitars with a recent purchase of a PDF35. Wanted a low cost guitar with piezo and this one just couldn't be beat. Only complaint I have is the mag pickups. I was originally leaning toward just swapping to higher end Duncan's and replace tone pot with push/pull for coil split. An interesting revelation occurred at the dealer I bought this from. We were talking through my undefined dislike for the pickups in certain guitars they had in stock. It turns out, they all have SD pups of various types. So, apparently, I don't really care for them across the price spectrum, although I can't say exactly why. We all laughed a bit about that, but I'm back to my original quest.

So, the question is... what else could I swap to? Anyone have suggestions for warm bluesy type tone that works well with the Parker Fly shape? I'd still like to put in splittable pups with push/pull tone, so straight humbuckers won't do. I know Parker uses DiMarzio pups in many models, but there are all sorts of other options out there.

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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2014, 09:52:15 AM »
I've always had good success with GFS pickups.
I have mostly installed their Crunchy Pat's (in maple solid body guitars) but I've also used the humbucker sized P90's as well as Fat Pat's which I used in my Parker PM20.

The Fat Pat's are very good, but if you're looking for something more bluesy, I'd have a look at GFS's Classic II Alnico 2's:
http://www.guitarfetish.com/GFS-Classic-II-Alnico-2-Vintage-Wound-Zebra-Humbucker-_c_44.html

I hear they're very vintage sounding, and they are 4 wire, so splittable.
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2014, 01:48:58 PM »
I put GFS Mean 90s in a cheap LTD that I got for almost free. They are very close to an authentic P90 sound and they fit into a humbucker slot. How close? They are just a little thinner and have more treble bite than the P90s on my Gibson and Epiphone guitars. If you like P90 sounds, I recommend them.

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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2014, 04:10:29 PM »
I put GFS Mean 90s in a cheap LTD that I got for almost free. They are very close to an authentic P90 sound and they fit into a humbucker slot. How close? They are just a little thinner and have more treble bite than the P90s on my Gibson and Epiphone guitars. If you like P90 sounds, I recommend them.
The ones I used in my Aria Pro semi-solid are also Mean 90's. I'm a huge P90 fan and yup, these are great sounding for the money. The OP is looking for a bluesy 'bucker with coil splitting though, so a P90 may not be what he's after as far as "versatility".

A word of caution, P90's can be a tad noisy depending on your orientation to the amp, which may not appeal to some. But they make up for it with amazing tone!
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2014, 01:35:24 PM »
My Parker DF522NN (NN for Notes Norton) has two Duncan P-Rails with Triple Shot Rings.

I know you said you don't care for Duncans but I love these pickups.

I get a very good P90 sound, a good Rail sound, and both a series and parallel Humbucker sound out of each pickup. They are like the 'Swiss Army Knives" of pickups.

I'm not a fan of DiMarzio pickups, so you just might like them.

And I think a lot of "which pickup sounds better" could have something to do with amp and FX. What sounds good through someone's rig might sound different through someone else's rig.

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« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2014, 08:31:08 AM »
Thanks for input. My dealer actually emails Parker rep and we learned my guitar's pups can be split, they're just not wired that way at factory. So I can swap tone pot with push/pull and rewire with coil split. So I think for now I'll just stick with the SD's and see where I am once I get the tone pot swapped.

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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2014, 09:33:23 AM »
That's good news.
I always appreciate the approach that costs me less $$$!
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