Yes potting is a part of things also.Gibson® should recall all their dull and dark mudmakers; the 490s and 498s, and give all those guitars manufactured prior to circa 2002 a (free) upgrade (according to their customers choice) to the calibrated Burstbucker 1 (neck), Burstbucker 2 (neck, bridge), and Burstbucker 3 (bridge) pickups ― all loaded with AlNiCo II magnets. And totally unpotted of course.
Aren't vintage Fender pickups potted in wax? They're pretty well known for tone and dimension...Yes potting is a part of things also.
I had a strat 15years ago with a 70s Super Dist in it it screamed and sang and also squeeled like a little girl next to the lizard cage at a pet store. If the amp was at any type of volume.
Had newer potted Super D pups and they are middy and clunky....the potting sucks the tone out or damps it out anyway.
Not saying potted pickups sound bad. Just in the case of the Dimarzio Super it changed the tone dramatically. Probably shoulda been clearer on that after I reread my post.Aren't vintage Fender pickups potted in wax? They're pretty well known for tone and dimension...
I just saw online from a guy that builds custom pickups instead of wax potting, put a piece of masking tape over the center of the two humbucker coils and a few small dabs of silicone on the tape, carefully clamp the pickup cover to squish it back on and a couple dabs of solder to permanently attach it. This will prevent any squeal from the pickup. Im gonna try this, he shows how here:Honestly, it's a point I'd like to know more about since it's conflicting to hear some have had less than ideal results with potted pickups, yet Fender did this as part of their production process on the vintage guitars we all know and love. I only have one guitar that really howls and needs to be potted so someday, I'll find out...
Its air gaps under the cover. Ive wax potted pickups before and this tape and silicone looks so much easier and no controversy about affecting tone.Way cool idea! I did some wax between the PU cover and the top of the humbucker on a early SG once and it seemed to work. So maybe that would work on this guitar I have? I just don't know yet if it's the cover of the PU that's squealing... That's the factor.
Thats what I did with 12ax7s(thats my disease)I had a shit ton, atleast 1 or 2 of almost all the vintage ones cept mazda and genalex. I ripped them in and out a million times kept the ones I liked sold the rest. Now I find myself rebuying types I sold to try again(usually only to find why I sold um in the firstplace).I can't even map them now to know what is what to pass on.
You said it first.Yeah man, but you're Ace Frehley.....
SlayerThat's a ballsy statement, you must be a hell of a guitar player. Genghis totally slew with his axe!