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  1. Yes, they must be 4 conductor output leads; will split nicely and I'd use two 500k push/pull pots, specifically the brass-shaft Allparts and Mojotone offerings to do this. Non-evasive, will retro-fit...perfect choice for a classy guitar! I know Duncan has a diagram on their website and it's easy to do with the most basic of soldering skills. Any reputable guitar shop can do the work if you're not comfortable. I think you'd get an appreciable "bang for your buck" either way .. I say go for it!
  2. Thanks for all the positivity everyone! I love what I do, take a lot of pride in it, and to work directly with customers and create special magnetic works of art that help inspire better and more music from people - this is why I do it. Thank you all for your enthusiasm and support! Peter, it was a pleasure to talk to you and I'm excited to get started on your set. I was short exactly 1 screw-side black bobbin and ordered bunch along with a few other bits and pieces I needed for some other custom pickup orders; everything will be arriving on Tues and I'll get to work immediately. And Bubs was right: pay no attention to my website, at least for now. I'm working with an extremely talented guy on a site-wide revamp, hyper-optimized SEO, new pickup models with actual names, a pickup database, photo blog, and more .. coming soon! Ua D, get in touch and let's discuss this. I'm glad to assist however I can. Holler at me here: josh@gravelinpickups.com
  3. Do tell! A resistor inline maybe? I know of a few guys who massage the overall output and tone of pickups this way so I'm curious as to what you've done here.
  4. Jake, I can't say that I've ever had personal experience with Rumples stuff but considering the amount of pickup repair/rewind/refurb work that I do weekly this is actually a good thing! The list of makers I haven't had to fix is shorter than the ones I have.
  5. Outside of pulling the pickup apart and removing wire from the coils, there's no way to lower the resistance measurement. 16k : pickup was wound with approximately 6800 turns of very fine 44 SPN wire. This gauge of coil wire is used in "high output" pickups and usually sounds pretty rockin' under high gain but doesn't perform well with players seeking sweet shimmery cleans and classic vintage crunch due to the enhanced mid-frequency focus that's inherent with that specific humbucker build. Peeling off wraps/layers of wire will make it brighter yes but the overall output will be diminished and will lack balls. I'd suggest having the pickup rewound by a professional to suit your needs - or - as you said, "Another pickup". If doing either isn't possible financially, one thing you could try would be a 1Meg Volume pot. This will give a bit more sparkle to the sound of things and is a cheap, easy swap/experiment that might work for you. If there's anything I can do to assist you, please get in touch!
  6. I'm swamped with pickup work right now but will attempt to snap a few pics tomorrow if the sun is out. A bleak, cloudy day today here in MN - hopefully tomorrow is nicer so I can get some good natural light!
  7. I'm with you on this Rob. It's easy to get a new pickguard made, stowing all the original bits away is no problem and easy to put it all back should I ever sell it. A funky machine, for sure!
  8. OK so: super nice guy and cool dude! Nearly all of the gear he had was bass stuff with only a few guitars: 2 old single pickup Checkmate guitars (one of which he decided he didn't want to sell) and a Teisco Tulip. The bass gear was pretty cool however: Kustom 200 Bass head with matching 18" and 15" cab, an Acoustic folded horn 15" cab, some super old Peaveys (one of which is a 250 and I like those! may purchase next week), a 50w Checkmate all-tube head with matching 2-15" cab (guitar and bass sounded great through it but that cab is a beast, a transistor Univox bass combo w/ a 15" and a horn ...and a really nice collection of 60's and 70's stereo equipment: amplifiers, receivers, turntables, speakers- pretty cool! He also showed me a super cherry Datsun 300 Convertible in his garage: pelham blue, chromed out, pristine interior - if money only grew on trees. The Cimar is mine and I'm pleased with it. I polished the frets, new strings, straightened the neck out, cleaned the electronics, got an "in the ballpark" intonation/setup going but I want to wait for the truss rod adjustments to settle in before I take it further. Nice neck! A modern F-style with a slight V to it. Zero fret wear. The pickup is as I suspected: a Maxon Distortion. These are almost identical in the mechanical build to the DiMarzio Super D but wound to around 11.8k which is pretty bright and the upper mids are grainy, spitty, and just unpleasant. Easy to change that! The trem is a vintage type USA Fender strat style, massive steel block, brass saddles - arm was missing but a USA Fender one fits perfectly. It's fun to play, lighter side of medium in weight, comfy sitting or standing, and looks pretty nifty! A Floyd Rose, yes. Or maybe just locking tuners and make sure I keep the nut slippery? Something to think on. It's also routed for a neck position humbucker under the pickguard and I'm thinking a set with my buffed raw nickel silver covers on them would look great - or double whites! New pots, a good cap, new output jack while I'm in there too. A fun project/player and with the case included for 2 bills? I had to have it.
  9. Yes they do kick ass - cranked, tone on 10, full-on wailing ...hard to beat!
  10. Rob, any specific models you're lusting after? I'm going to bring a pocket full of hex wrenches, small screwdrivers, a multimeter, and for the guitars and amps that have promise I will test and adjust and see what's got legs.
  11. Just got off the phone with the guy. He's a life-long musician, early 70s, recently retired from the music industry, legit player - has boatloads of cool vintage weirdo amps and guitars and tomorrow at noon I'm going to go see what's up. Teiscos, Kay, Checkmate, Alamo, and more. Sleepers. Apparently he's got lots of stuff to get rid of and if any of you are interested in specific things, let me know and I'll keep my eyes peeled. I have a feeling that this might be the best $200 I've ever spent in my life.
  12. Early or Pre Ibanez, yep. I couldn't contain myself and sent a text as he requested in the post so we'll see how this plays out.
  13. I have a hard time saying no to oddball guitars and basses, I know that some of the 70s Japanese models are flatout killer, am daydreaming of Floyd'ing this...gawd help me.
  14. On CL, just down the road from me, great price, likely the Maxon Super D clone pickup, trem... after a fret level/dress and full set up, my thoughts are that this would be a wicked rawk machine. Who's got experience with these? Tell me all about it! Do it? Don't do it? https://mankato.craigslist.org/msg/d/medford-vintage-70s-cimar-japanese/6961634644.html
  15. One of my all time favorite bands. Chris Bells one and only solo record is pretty excellent too.
  16. I will second aknapp on this regarding the the Guitar Fetish blocks - good stuff! I installed one my '89 USA Std Strat and it absolutely made a noticeable difference for the better: bass became tighter, mids more complex and detailed, the "ping!" i heard in the treble frequencies disappeared and it seemed like there was a wider range of tones available that weren't there before along with improved sustain. Additionally, I've suggested and installed these for a few local strat-wieldng customers (both USA and MIM models) and they too were quite impressed and pleased with improvement in sound. I've never tried one of the Callaham blocks but I can imagine those would yield very similar if not slightly better results. PS: learning new licks is good regardless!
  17. The Fralin design is interesting in that it's a "sidewinder" style -- but I've never actually heard one or a set of these in person! I've already sourced the parts for these and could easily do them but I'd like to hear a set cranked and play 'em for a while first. Those Kinmans tho ...just killer...and THAT is what I'm going for.
  18. I'm working on it and Kinman is the one to match or beat if I'm to have any success. So yeah, like Gabe said...
  19. Dave, you can do this and it's not difficult. Here's how I do it: To remove the cover: keep a razor blade at hand, heat the solder joint and slip the blade in. Once you've got the cover off you'll see a small black wire attached to the cloth-covered "hot" output wire which should have some black tape around it; carefully peel that off and expose the soldered connection, heat it, and detach. Once that's done, remove the 4 screws on the bottom of the frame. You might need to remove the adjustable pole screws, or you might not. If they are threaded into the frame, back them out and lift the coils/magnet assembly up to expose the braided ground solder connection. Heat the connection and free the lead wire. Now you're ready to install the new lead wire. Solder the braided part to the frame first, reseat the coils/magnet assembly and replace the 4 frame mounting screws, connect the small black wire to your fresh "hot", carefully rewrap that connection in tape (masking or electrical tape is fine), then gently tuck it back in. A carefully applied piece of tape to cover that and hold it in place will be your final step before reinstalling the covers. Cover installation. I have a jig/platform I've made for this that's essentially a hunk of wood with felt attached to the top but have installed many covers successfully before without it. All that's needed: 2 small clamps, a small hunk (3" x 3") of plywood, and one of your wifes old potholders! Sink the pole screws in slightly so that they are flush with the top of the cover for the best fit, lay the pickup face-down on the potholder with the plywood piece as a backing, attach the small clamps on either side of the pickup near the legs and tighten just enough so it doesn't wiggle around. Once you've got the pickup and cover secure, heat the previous soldered connection points for a moment and flow some new solder in. Let it cool/harden for 5 seconds ...and you're done! Hopefully this info is helpful. If you'd like me to walk you through it on the phone, get in touch and we'll arrange a time. Or, if you'd like me to do this for you I'd be more than happy to. Go slow, be careful, and you shouldn't have any problems. Good luck!!
  20. That burst. That top. Inlays. All of it. Perfect!! This is a new guitar yeah? Those pickups look like my handiwork but I could be wrong. **edit** i just noticed the end of the fingerboard and that flourish: close up please someday. Congrats! To my eyes, if I could only have one guitar with humbuckers...THIS.
  21. Travis, thanks for the tone report and I'm really happy to know that you're pleased with the end-results! That guitar is in such excellent shape, looks great, and I'm proud to be a part of it - thank you!
  22. Travis I replied to your message last night, saw that it was sent and everything seemed fine ...but now, somehow my reply disappeared in our message exchange. I wrote and sent again. Here's my email address - feel free to get in touch! josh@gravelinpickups.com
  23. If I'm reading this right: 12 pounds of pure Oreo filling right here: https://www.foodservicedirect.com/oreo-variegate-oreo-creme-2-pound-6-per-case-1945898.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0cS10uiS4gIV0rbACh1vYQiJEAQYASABEgIF7fD_BwE
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