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  1. Sorry, I was confusing my ESP pickups which are stacked P90s like Gibson P100. Now I understand the Lee Malia wiring. It must be the dummy coil is wired in series and should be out of phase. In that case the problem could be the dummy coil is in phase so not cancelling out the hum. Could be worth a try to reverse the connections on the dummy coil and see if it improves the signal.
  2. Hi there. I had a similar problem with a new ESP LTD Viper 256p. The neck P90 was supposed to be hum cancelling but it hummed to my ears worse than a standard P90. I read somewhere on the Internet, was actually a cached Musicians Friend page for my model with reviews. One of the reviews mentioned the hum and they swapped a couple of wires in the control cavity. I reversed two wires and the hum was gone. I cannot access that MF page as I am in the UK and MF has blocked access to my country due to trading restrictions. I will look inside my Viper tomorrow to try remember which wires I swapped. This was a mistake in the wiring at the factory so there were more than a few guitars affected. The noiseless P90s have two coils in series like a humbucker. There should be 4 wires plus maybe a bare screen. One wire goes to hot terminal on the volume pot or sometimes the switch, one wire goes to earth usually on the pot casing together with the bare wire if present and the other two wires are soldered together to make the series connection. It was one of these wires which were joined together that I swapped with the hot wire.
  3. The Alnico Classic and Alnico Classic Plus pickups from 2014 onward are very underrated. Their reputation is tarnished by the earlier versions often referred to as mudbuckers. I've got an Epiphone 2014 Les Paul Standard and the pickups are sweet, fat sounding with not a hint of mud.
  4. The replacement nut for Kramer Baretta Special is Graph Tech Black Tusq Top Nut for Epiphone Guitar - Slotted (PT-6060-00) The messaging facility doesn't work to send a message to darivo hence this post.
  5. hello

    i saw your post about baretta. Please could you tell me which Graphtech Nut do you used to replace stock one? i cant find correct partnumber.... thanks!

  6. mirrorboy

    nuts

    I have increased performance and stable whammy tuning by changing nut for Graphtech Black Tusq XL nut, but have recently started using https://www.musicnomadcare.com/Products/TUNE-IT-Lubricant/ Just a tiny amount on a stock nut is as good as the Graphtech nut for stable tuning with whammy use.
  7. I have an ESP LTD Viper-256P with noise cancelling P90 pickups. When I got it new it buzzed a lot, in fact more than your normal P90 equipped guutar. Then I read on the Internet a couple of owners with buzzing guitars claimed the factory wiring was wrong and two wires needed swapping. I tried to find the info, it's on Musician's Friend website review, but I am in UK so new data protection law won't let me access it. If you are in the USA have a look at the reviews at the link below to find the info about swapping the wires. It worked for me, my P90s are quiet as a mouse now. https://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/esp-ltd-viper-256-p-electric-guitar
  8. Hi, nice looking Barney Kessel. And things I miss while playing these days: reel to reel and ciggies :-).

    Can you get back into the FDP OK, I don't think they can retrieve passwords.

  9. Hi, sorry forgot my FDP password. Here's a link to my Kasuga Barney Kessel pic.

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2837/32968038551_8d5c63a886_b.jpg

  10. Yeah that's pretty much my attitude to guitars. I like to keep my guitars set up well and that's it. If a guitar doesn't have what I require then I won't buy it. For the price of a set of high-end pickups I find there are good electric guitars to be had.
  11. Try lowering the neck pickup until it is just above the plastic surround. You can do that by using a cross-head/Philips type screwdriver. Looking down on the pickup from above, turn the two screws nearest to the pickup cover clockwise to raise and counter-clockwise to lower.
  12. Are your strings $119 each or do you get the full set?
  13. You might not need to raise both unless you prefer high action. It is usual for the action to be a little higher on the low E side than the high E side.
  14. Looking at the bridge from above, there are two screws. One either side of the saddles that the strings go over. To raise the action, turn the screw anti-clockwise. Try the one next to the low E string first. That might be all it needs. Let us know how it goes.
  15. Welcome John. I have the same Les Paul Standard in Pelham Blue for a couple of years now. It came from the factory strung with Gibson Brite Wires and sounded great. Since then I have been using Ernie Ball Slinkys as they are easy to get hold of, but I just wanted a bit more clarity. So I ordered a set of Brite Wires and they sound fantastic through the Alnico Classic pickups. I recently bought a '56 Les Paul Pro with P90s and it was fitted with D'Addario strings and their warmth seems to suit the single-coil pickups.
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