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bonedish



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:43 pm    Post subject: Wolfgang pickups Reply with quote

I've just received my 1st ever Peavey Wolfgang Special (USA) today! I've been playing it straight through my 5153 and can't believe what I'm hearing!!!

I always thought Eddie was full of it when he said that he didn't use a lot of gain or a boost/overdrive pedal. Now I know it's the flippin' pickups!!! Man these things sound great!!! Full rich harmonics, full sounding, warm and just the right amount of brightness.

Question: When I turn down the volume on the guitar, the sound gets a little muddy, is this normal for these pups? I'm not really looking to clean up the sound completely (as I know these pickups won't).

Also, are these pickups available from Peavey? I am looking to possibly replace my Pearly Gates+ in my Strat. Also, what single coils would compliment this (EVH) pup? (I currently have Texas Specials)


Thanks a million!!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Muddy is normal and your right they don't clean up well at all.

Peavey will not sell the pups, they do show up on eBay occasionally.
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bonedish



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The pickups aren't muddy when the volume is full up, just when I start to back down the volume knob, even a little.

Is there a similar pup out there that will clean up well?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can get the Wolfy pup to clean up you just have to really roll it back. You'll find similar problems with all high gain pups, they just aren't meant to do clean.

FWIW I use the volume knob on my Wolfie all the time when I'm feeling to lazy to step on a footswitch. If the gain on your amp isn't to high then it will work. I tend to use a lot of Plexi type amps or amp sims.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will clean up, but it is a muddy clean sound. Is that normal? I wonder if the person that sold it to me placed different pups on there? Although these pups definitely sound VH when full up, they just get really bassy and muddy when I turn the volume knob down at all, even down to 2 or 3. Actually it starts to muddy up when I turn I down to 8 (from 10).
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now I get what your saying. Yeah that's normal, you won't get fully clean with the Wolfgang pups there is always a bit of grit.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks so much! I was worried there for a bit!

Any idea on how Ed gets his Wolfgangs to clean up? I see him rolling his volume knob on "Cathedral" and other tunes, like on the middle of "Panama", and it seems to stay clean and not muddy.

Also, mine is a USA Special, so no maple top, could this make a huge difference???
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doesn't he use the volume knob on Cathedral as sort of an effect? He may also be changing channels on his amps as well - just having someone do it from back stage.

Also your amp settings have a lot to do with it. I don't use a lot of gain which is really noticeable when I switch guitars. For instance on my Egnater SL module I only have the fain at about 2 oclock, when I roll the volume back it gets cleaner than when I've got the gain at say 5 oclock.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there a better volume pot that will clean up better for my Wolfgang pups?

Is there a volume pot out there that won't bleed off the treble? If so, what rating, 250K or 500K? I also don't fully understand the difference between 250K or 500K, so I guess I'm looking for a layman's education on these things!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

250K's seem to work best with single coils. Trying dialing back some gain or maybe even boosting your mids a bit more, you'll cut through better with both options.

And remember you'll never get Fender clean or Vox chime out of a Wolfgang Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks so much! I actually found a treble bleed mod that I found on Seymour Duncan's web site. I think I'll try this simple mod first. Here it is:

http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/wiring-diagrams/schematics.php?schematic=treble_bleed
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Note that the mod of the link is the same that Music Man uses in Axis guitars for example.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool, that's good to know. This mod works very well, BTW.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peavey does sell these, call customer service and they wil tell you the stock numbers for them. they are $79 each plus shipping.
since these are high output pu's they really dont have a great clean tone, what i did was add a coil top mini switch so when i play clean i set the toggle for both pu's and use the mini switch to turn off the one coil of each wolf pu.
If you buy one for your strat use dimarzio's crusiers for the singles
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