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    Default DiMarzio recommendations please?

    Thinking of my next e-mando build; I’ve been looking at DiMarzio blade style “strat” humbuckers.
    There seems to be quite a few models available and I was wonder if anyone has any thoughts or recommendations?
    Cheers Gary

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    ProTrack DP188 has been the go to for a lot of builders. I have used the DP184 for those that requested a heavier "rock" pickup. I believe the DP188 is standard on a Mann instrument. Personally, I haven't used them in years since Almuse has done such a fine job dialing in their pickups. I don't think you'd be able to distinguish between the tone of the DP188 and the Almuse MG-4HB. I have used Almuse pickups on 60+ instruments. Better build and better price.

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    Default Re: DiMarzio recommendations please?

    Quote Originally Posted by thistle3585 View Post
    ProTrack DP188 has been the go to for a lot of builders. I have used the DP184 for those that requested a heavier "rock" pickup. I believe the DP188 is standard on a Mann instrument. Personally, I haven't used them in years since Almuse has done such a fine job dialing in their pickups. I don't think you'd be able to distinguish between the tone of the DP188 and the Almuse MG-4HB. I have used Almuse pickups on 60+ instruments. Better build and better price.
    Thanks for that Andrew, very useful. I had been thinking of the Almuse, but I do like the freedom that a blade gives for string spacing rather than pole pieces.
    Thanks again, Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarY Nava View Post
    Thanks for that Andrew, very useful. I had been thinking of the Almuse, but I do like the freedom that a blade gives for string spacing rather than pole pieces.
    Thanks again, Gary
    Pete will make them to whatever pole spacing you would like.

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    Default Re: DiMarzio recommendations please?

    Thanks again, Andrew, that's worth knowing.
    All the best Gary

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    I've used Schaller Strat sized bladed Humbuckers on my 5 course Mandocellocaster since it was built 20 odd years ago. They work really well: great sustain and good tone tapped or untapped. They have a good website and do direct order.

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    Default Re: DiMarzio recommendations please?

    I built a hollow body 8 string with a single dp181 in it. Positioned towards the bridge but angled so that the treble is closer to the neck. I think it sounds good, very clean. But I've only built 2 emandos, the first having almuse pickups, so I've not really heard or compared it to other pickups.
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    Default Re: DiMarzio recommendations please?

    Quote Originally Posted by thistle3585 View Post
    ........ I have used Almuse pickups on 60+ instruments. Better build and better price.
    Cripes.....I knew you`d built quite a lot but didn`t realise it was that many!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soundfarmer Pete View Post
    Cripes.....I knew you`d built quite a lot but didn`t realise it was that many!!!!!!!!!
    I'm getting ready to broach 100. Need to come up with a cool 100th instrument to build.

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    Default Re: DiMarzio recommendations please?

    Quote Originally Posted by thistle3585 View Post
    I'm getting ready to broach 100. Need to come up with a cool 100th instrument to build.
    Since you seemed to ask for an idea, how about a Gretsch-style Chet Atkins, single rounded cutaway, full hollow body, no f holes, hum bucking pickup at the 17th fret for a big, fat jazz sound? Maple back and sides, quilted maple top, F4 style cherry finish.
    Play it like you mean it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill McCall View Post
    Since you seemed to ask for an idea, how about a Gretsch-style Chet Atkins, single rounded cutaway, full hollow body, no f holes, hum bucking pickup at the 17th fret for a big, fat jazz sound? Maple back and sides, quilted maple top, F4 style cherry finish.
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    Yep, move the neck joint to the 12th fret like Tiny's Bigsby, and reposition the pickups slightly forward and I'd be real happy. Drop the f holes to cut the feedback. Four or 5 strings.
    Play it like you mean it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soundfarmer Pete View Post
    ........or maybe something similar Click image for larger version. 

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    Not going to build something that's already been done.

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