Omega-6 Screw Swap?

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  1. Noisy Humbucker

    Noisy Humbucker Red Handed Riff Raff

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    I like the Omega in my black korina Jazzmaster, but I’m not sure I love it. If I could just shift the tone ever so slightly to something more traditional without losing some of the Modern characteristics that would be ideal. Sort of like hitting a sweet spot between a Distortion-Custom-Omega, no shrill highs, nice mid growl and enough lows to give it a bit more girth. Maybe switch the hex screws to a slug/fillister combo?

    Also thinking of trying to warm up the Jazz I’ve got in the neck- I think it goes well with the Omega but overall I still prefer the ‘59.
     
  2. FitRocker33

    FitRocker33 My tone is tighter than my hamstrings

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    Okay the OP here hit something I've been wondering lately....

    What tonal difference occurs between using bolts and traditional slugs/ screws in pickups?
     
  3. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire baritone6/8 string hoarder

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    Magnet swaps offer a more dramatic tonal shift. try an alnico8 in the omega (or an alnico5) and an alnico2 in the jazz. The alnico 8 should take some of the high end off and give it a bit more low end.
    From what I've read allen bolts= more focused/tighter with more bass/high end, filister screws= slightly less focused. Screw/bolt material and length apparently play a part as well, with longer screws giving more bass and magnetically conductive screws (ie iron or such) offering a brighter/clearer sound/stronger magnetic field. That being said, Tim at BKP says it's generally a pretty subtle change.
     
  4. Noisy Humbucker

    Noisy Humbucker Red Handed Riff Raff

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    Subtlety is what I’m looking for, thanks for the feedback!
     
  5. AkiraSpectrum

    AkiraSpectrum SS.org Regular

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    As KnightBrolaire mentioned, changing screws may help a little. However, a magnet swap is likely to give you something more dramatic.

    My guess is that the ceramic in the Omega is a smaller ceramic magnet considering the overall output of the Omega. Thus, getting an A8 would likely give you a bigger sound, as would getting a larger ceramic magnet.

    Alternatively, if you like the tonal character of the Omega and still want that 'modern-prog' sound but 'bigger/wider/larger' then I'd recommend trying out the Pegasus.
     
  6. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire baritone6/8 string hoarder

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    or he could just throw an Alnico 5 in the omega and then it's essentially the pegasus. If he wants to keep the snarl, I'd say go with an a8.
     
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  7. Noisy Humbucker

    Noisy Humbucker Red Handed Riff Raff

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    I wonder if popping slugs into the inner coil would screw up the threads, making it difficult to switch back to screws?
     

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