03-27-2013 09:59 PM
I'm putting these in a Squier Mustang. What are some other good Dimarzio rail combos?
03-28-2013 07:19 AM
I had a Cruiser in the neck of a 57 strat and I liked it a lot. I had a ProTrack in the bridge, and it was a pretty good match.
03-28-2013 08:27 AM
03-28-2013 08:30 AM
03-28-2013 09:23 AM
Bridge definitely had more output but it didn't sound too unbalanced to my ears. I typically went to the ProTrack for screaming overdriven leads anyways, so it was convenient to have a little volume bump.
03-28-2013 02:20 PM
out of the Chopper, ProTrack, and Fast Track 1 what are the big differences and what would your choose. Is the Cruiser the closes I am going to get to a single coil in a rail from Dimarzio.
03-28-2013 02:36 PM
I can't speak for the chopper or fast track, but the ProTrack does [i]not[/i] sound like a SC. It's like a hotter, edgier version of a SD Hot Rails. Very thick. I didn't like its tone clean very much, but with some thick overdrive it was a good rock & metal pickup.
I did like the Cruiser a lot. Here's a demo clip comparing the neck Cruiser to the stock middle SC:
03-29-2013 08:22 AM
I'd say Fast Track 1 in the neck. It's basically the big brother of the Cruiser, which sounds like a fatter traditional strat-type pickup to me.
03-29-2013 09:35 AM
What do you intend to do with this Mustang? Surf music or death metal? Once you figure out where you want to go, you can figure out the best path to get there.
I can see putting a rail in the bridge, because you probably will have to rotate it 180 deg and you don’t want a pickup with staggered pole pieces (because when rotated they would be on the wrong strings), I got that, but why the Chopper? It’s pretty high output. If you want a single coil tone from the neck, it will be pretty low output. Also, it doesn’t get flipped so staggered pole pieces like the Areas have would work fine in the neck and sound more SC like if that’s what you are going for.
So you have to ask yourself, do you want a high output bridge and a low output neck to get a lot if diverse sound options at the expense of having a large difference in output, or do you want a more balanced set of pickups, and if so, do you want them to both be kinda hot and humbuckery, or lower output and siglecoily.
Personally if it were me, I would put an Area 61 in the neck and either a ToneZone S or a Fast Track 1 in the bridge. This combo would be a sort of middle of the road (not to hot, not to jangly, but leaning more towards SC tone) that would be balanced in output, and I would put in 500k pots with a no-load tone control to bring back some of the SC high end if needed.
Also, one other note. You can contact the tech support at Dimarzio for recommendations. When I was debating pups for a recent project, they were very helpful when describing the tones of all their pups in English (rather than those EQ bar charts that I don’t find terribly useful), and I was very satisfied with the outcome.
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