To all you A8 Custom guys

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  1. noodles

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    Holy shit, were you ever right. :metal:
     
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    eaeolian Pictures of guitars I don't even own anymore! Super Moderator

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    Hmm. OK, I guess I'll be hearing this on Thursday...
     
  3. noodles

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    Well, I just changed the strings on the V, so I don't want to play it before the show. Suffice to say the darkness and mud are gone. Like, way gone. Into next fucking week. :metal:

    Plus, I'm bringing the Sii-7 Thursday, since I'm having so much damn fun playing it.
     
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    Is it easy to change a magnet?
     
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    how high is the output on it? That's my only reservation about getting the custom and putting he A8 in it...I like my pickups hot

    That SII-7 has the X2N in it right? Can you compare the outputs?
     
  6. noodles

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    Piece of cake. I had enough lead on my bridge pickup that I could do it without having to desolder the pickup from the guitar. You just have to pop off the baseplate, pull out the old pickup, and put the new one in. Just make sure that you keep the same polarity.
     
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    The Custom is known for being hot. It may not be as hot with the A8 as the ceramic, but it is still really hot. Not X2N hot, but to me the X2N sacrifices tone for heat.

    Actually, the Sii-7 has a Wolfetone rewound JB7 in it. Rob shipped it sans pickup, since I knew exactly what I wanted to put into it. The Custom with the A8 is much hotter than the stock JB7, and loads hotter than this.
     
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    Ahh alright sounds cool, I might pick one up for my H-207 afterall.
     
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    There's a million threads on it, Nick. :lol: We've all posted pics and how easy it is a ton of times.

    It's very, very easy.
     
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    The only thing that could make it hard, is that sometimes the magnet gets really stuck in the was. even then it only takes a few minutes to do from beginning to end
     
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    ibznorange Chief Officer/RHLC © Contributor

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    Good stuff isnt it? Im yet to install one in a 7 string, but ive done it to 2 6ers now, and everyone who tries it is consistently happy with the results as far as ive seen
     
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    hahah, i've still got an alnico 8 magnet sitting on my shelf that i've yet to put into my sh5 custom.

    reason is because i'm not sure if i want to get blackouts for my seven or not, and if i do i'll want to sell the custom, and i'd rather not tamper with something i'm going to sell anyway
     
  13. scott from _actual time_

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    awesome! glad it's working so well for you. i haven't tried A8 in a Custom yet, but in all my bridge DiMarzios, it sounds fantastic--the best of both worlds, great edge and output with the thickness of Alnico. it may be a tiny bit less output than the ceramic, but the difference in mine is so small that it's unnoticable, and the extra thickness and richness and character is totally worth it for me.

    i don't own a second Custom 7, so i'm thinking about ordering a magnet-swapped one from the Custom Shop....
     
  14. darren

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    Do it!

    I played mine again at rehearsal this week, and i'm still really impressed with it. It's LOUD. Like "i'm gonna have to back it off from the strings more"-loud so it balances better with my JP7 volume-wise. But not so loud that everything just turns to mush. It's still incredibly articulate, and has great definition and punch.

    The DC8 is a GREAT pickup.

    For me, the only really hair-raising part of the swap was gently prying the coils up in order to get the magnet free from its wax encapsulation. There are fine wires connecting the two coils, and i was VERY nervous about breaking them.

    The cool part of the install was seeing the guts of the pickup in a little more detail with the tape wrap removed. I didn't know that they shielded the coils with copper tape. I'm sure my older Duncans don't have this feature. But it's amazing to see the detail and workmanship that go into their products.
     
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    you sure there was any hair raising, darren? :lol:

    if it's really easy, i may get some alnico V's for my Blaze if i dont like how it sounds.

    or sell it for a Custom.. haha.
     
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    I'm actually really curious to see what a JB with an Alnico 8 might sound like. Hopefully Leon will get a chance to try it out, since he's getting my JB and '59.
     
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    JBroll put an A8 in a JB and seemed to like it.
     
  18. eaeolian

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    I've been thinking about it, since I have an A8 and a JB sitting around...
     
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    I have a second one lying around (I don't even know where I got it :lol:), and I was thinking about putting it in the Dean. The Dean so good as is, though.
     
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    Toxin i don't drink vodka

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    where can i buy a8? =)
     

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