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How many of you replaced Pickups ?
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Pickup change
Did not replace pickups, I am already a happy camper
24%
 24%  [ 7 ]
Replaced pickup, I am happy with new sound
72%
 72%  [ 21 ]
Replaced pickup, I am not hapy with the new sound
3%
 3%  [ 1 ]
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detroitace
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have two Diodatis, which are really Tokai LS-75s, from 2001. They came with Gotoh PAFs, which I loved, but which squealed on high gain settings.

I potted both sets in vinyl sanding sealer (trivial to work with when compared to paraffin). They sound the same, maybe a little darker, but no there's no squealing, and the feedback is extremely controllable and musical.

I'm not planning on changing anything about them, now. They are perfect (for my style).

Bill
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Jim Jones
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've mentioned here before that the stock dogear P90 in my Tokai double cut Junior wasn't great-sounding. In fairness it did sound good clean but it was impossible to get any raunch out of it. I replaced it with a Lollar and couldn't be happier.

For the record I spliced on some more wire and wound more turns on the Tokai P90 and it sounds great...it was just underwound.

Jim
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detroitace
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I spliced on some more wire and wound more turns on the Tokai P90


How hard was that to do? Do you have a winder or did you do it literally by hand? How many times around the bobbins did you go? And, what guage wire did you use?

Thanks!
Bill
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Jim Jones
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Bill,

I cobbled together a "winder" of sorts. It's made out of a fan motor from an old tube reel-to-reel machine with wheel to mount the bobbin attached to the spindle. As there is no gear reduction I ran the power wires into the output of my Variac.

I used 42ga. wire and wound about another 2K in resistance to the pickup (it originally measured around 6.6K if I recall...it's posted on this site somewhere.) My turns counter didn't really work out and I wasn't looking for precision with this set up anyway so I basically just wound until the bobbin was full. Seymour Duncan I ain't.

Jim
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Web Surf
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to everybody, I am learning a lot here

A) I suppose Tokai LP's need "regular size" pickups and not "F sized" pickups


B) Right now my Tokai PAFs and the rest of the hardware is gold. Which replacement 4 conductor pickups are also available in gold covered boxes. I somehow dont like the exposed pickup look

Thanks again
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Paladin2019
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Web Surf wrote:
Thanks to everybody, I am learning a lot here

A) I suppose Tokai LP's need "regular size" pickups and not "F sized" pickups


Yes.


Web Surf wrote:
B) Right now my Tokai PAFs and the rest of the hardware is gold. Which replacement 4 conductor pickups are also available in gold covered boxes.


Just about all of them, but they'll be more expensive.
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ScottA
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I replaced the pups in my 83 LS80 (one was original, the other a Duncan custom as received) with a 57 Classic and custom wound Lindy Fralin. I love the Fralin. I think it is my single favorite pup. I like the Classic but it doesn't always balance well with the Fralin. Very amp (and even tube) specific.

I kept my 82 LS100 stock with the DiMarzios it came with. They're OK. On the underwound PAF side of the spectrum. I've been playing this guitat quite a bit lately and they definitely do the job. I plan to maintain this guitar stock.
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Spleen
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My guitar is a Greco EG59-100 not Tokai but I did indeed change the bridge pickup to a Bare Knuckle "Nailbomb" and the difference is astounding. Very satisfied.
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johan
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2006 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ES-120

Changed to Duncan Antiquity with new CTS pots and VitaminQ's.
(TP bridge and Alu Tailpiece). Hard to justify the cost because it was a killer guitar to start with my YES, it's better sounding.
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exgibsonuser
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:54 pm    Post subject: Pickup changes Reply with quote

Changed my PAF MK2's in the LS70F for SD's and then put the Gotoh's back in, they were potted and are just right for classic rock. My Tokai ATE55 has a set of Rio Grandes I got cheap on Ebay.
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spikeymikey
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I havent changed anything yet but I'm thinking of something else in the treble position of my '79 Reborn. Any opinion's on Gibson "Burstbuckers" v '57 Classics? Or anything else for that matter - I want to go vintage, with tone over power.

Cheers,

Mike.
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ACY
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Mike!
Ever heard of German H?ussel Pickups? IMHO way better than Gibson pickups! If you want to, have a look at my hp, there are also soundfiles of these pickups! Could be interesting for you!
good on ya, "ACY"
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard of 'em but not heard them directly.

This direct translation sounds interesting though, and I quote: - "the AGL recommendation for "pig-good" Vintage clay/tone:"

Can't argue with that. I'll check the soundfiles. Anybody else got any Haussell's out there on PlanetTokai?

Cheers, ACY.

Mike.
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andi-o
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

spikeymikey wrote:
Anybody else got any Haussell's out there on PlanetTokai?


Hi Mike,

yes, me. I got the combination of H?ussel VinA2 in neck position
and H?ussel Angus in bridge position on my Tokai LS150, my
LS85F, also on my Edwards LTC90 and my Epi Elitist Std+.

Sounds killer.


Andi
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ACY
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Pig good sound!"



cheers, "ACY"
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