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Offline LP26

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« on: April 06, 2005, 10:12:28 AM »
What pickups would any of you recommend for use in the PM20 for a nice mellow jazz tone?

I'm playing single note runs over chords and want to approximate a 335 tone with perhaps a bit more of an edge.
 

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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2005, 10:19:59 AM »
I like the Dimarzio Airclassic. They approximate the sound of PAF pickups with less magnetic string pull which leaves the string to sustain longer then with normal pickups. I find it better not to limit the frequencies that the pickups put out by getting a very warm mid-rangy pickup. You can alway cut the highs with the tone control either in the guitar or amp but you can't put back in what isn't there to start with.

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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2005, 10:41:36 AM »
The Dimarzio Evolution Neck dp158 and Evolution Bridge dp159 are the best pick ups I've yet to play! They have a killer Jazz tone when in the middle position and coil tapped!
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Offline LP26

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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2005, 01:26:51 PM »
I dropped a note to DiMarzio tech support to get their opinion and the suggested combination was an Air Norton (DP193) in the neck position and an F-spaced Air Zone (DP192F) in the bridge position.
 

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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2005, 02:11:12 PM »
Really, the bridge F-spaced?.. I thought both pickups were either F-spaced or not.. also thought the PM-20 wasnt F-spaced to begin with! heh

But, fellow Jazz guitarist, I'd like to hear some of your stuff sometime. Jazz rules [8D]

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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2005, 03:59:52 PM »
Tom,

I'm real new to Parkers, but in my note to DiMarzio I did specify that the pickups would be used in a PM20. It could be that they noted that it was a Parker, but failed to not a PM20. Lots of folks don't read well these days... or listen for that matter, but that's another whole topic.
 

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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2005, 05:58:59 PM »
Double checked with DiMarzio and they were certain that due to bridge spacing specs the F-spaced bridge was the correct choice for a PM20.
 

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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2005, 02:37:03 PM »
So I ordered the Air Norton for the neck and the F spaced Air Zone for the bridge of my PM20 and had them installed today.

In a word... WOW!

Just the tone I was after... thick and creamy. It's not a real hollowbody/335 type  tone, but a mighty fine facsimile thereof. By playing with the tone knob or splitting coils I have an unreal range of tonal options with this little guitar.

Straight up the DiMarzios are better pickups than the stock Stingers which I found both brash and bassy/boomy. This little change has taken what was a fine guitar to begin with and converted it into a total tone machine.