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Do I need a F-Spaced pickup for the neck position?

 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:15 pm    Post subject: Do I need a F-Spaced pickup for the neck position? Reply with quote

Well do I?

The '59 is just a standard spacing pup right? Not a trembucker spacing?

I've grown tired of the '59 sound. Want something ballsier. Thinking a DiMarzio Paf Pro just might do the trick.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paf Pro in the neck is a killer choice. I have that in my N3 and other non-Washburn guitars. Its a great neck pickup.

I don't think you need F spacing for the neck. I think people say that its more preferable to have it, but not essential by any means.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IIRC, the '59 that comes stock on N4s is a standard spacing right?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure to be honest. The thing is, that you'll notice very little difference in tone. Strange as it may seem, the aesthetic of how the string lines up with the pole pieces is the largest effect it will probably have on you!!

Whichever you pick, you probably won't have any issues.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My OCD won't/can't allow that to happen Laughing

I need the strings to be aligned perfectly Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buy both just to be sure!!

I think they'd mention that the neck 59 is trembucker spacing if it were the case, so that would suggest that the stock 59 is standard spacing. Now that throws up a conundrum.

If you're happy with standard spacing, but F spacing would be 'theoretically' better, is there an issue with whichever you choose?....aside from the OCD of course!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I should just go for a standard spacing.

Like you mentioned, they would've stated that the '59 is a trembucker if it was.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To also put it another way.

F spacing came out way after Floyds hit the scene. Pickups before that were doing a fine job, so its not like its an option that really screws up the tone!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neck pickups are usually standard spacing, even on "F" guitars.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you can draw it out to scale and figure out what the string spread will be above the neck pickup poles. The string spread at the nut will influence it.

I have swapped out pickups on all my N4's and all the neck p/ups were regular spaced, the bridges were all F spaced.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 4:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok so I've narrowed it down to 2 choices. The Paf Pro or the Evolution.

I love the Evolutions on my Jems. Very clear and articulate pickups. No mud at all.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My experience with the Evo is that its great on its own but gets completely lost in the mix if you have a singer - unless you are only using the neck for soloing. This was emphasised to me when I saw DragonForce live. Could have also been a bad sound night for them too, but their Evos just didn't cut through at all.

Evos are high power as you know, so you're not necessarily going to get the same level of articulation as with the Paf Pro. This said, I love those pickups too and am going to put my spare set into another guitar one day. I replaced them in my Jem BSB for Bareknuckle VHIIs which are great, just cos I had other Jem/Evo combinations. But I'm selling the Jems so will need an Evo guitar somewhere in the mix - they're too much fun!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never experienced my Jems not being able to cut through in a full band mix.

I was checking out the DiMarzio website and the Paf Pro is higher output than the Evolution neck pup.

In terms of output, do you think the Paf Pro or Evolution will match up well with the BL USA L500L?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both will be fine. Small adjustment of pickup height will sort out any minor differences in output.

Sound wise, the Evo is probably a better match given the acoustic properties of the Paf Pro, (although its quite a notched wah sound, the Paf Pro is more different to the BL than the EVO in my opinion)
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I'm gonna give the Evolution a go.

I don't think I can go wrong with it.

Thanks for all your input, David Smile
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