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Thread: Luke III SSH - Dimarzio to EMG replacement issues?

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    Luke III SSH - Dimarzio to EMG replacement issues?

    I'd like to replace the Dimarzios in my Luke III SSH with EMG's. Are there any installation issues I should be aware of?

    Thanks

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    The luke 3 has passive pickups and active preamp. My guess is this will not work with emg's as these are allready active pickups. If i where you i would completely remove pickups AND all ellectronics including the preamp. Then install the emgs with 25k pots.

    But then again if i where you i'd leave that awesome piece of gear allone and just buy a luke 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sanderhermans View Post
    The luke 3 has passive pickups and active preamp. My guess is this will not work with emg's as these are allready active pickups. If i where you i would completely remove pickups AND all ellectronics including the preamp. Then install the emgs with 25k pots.

    But then again if i where you i'd leave that awesome piece of gear allone and just buy a luke 2.
    Yes - that was my plan to completely replace all the electronics. I'm more concerned about the physical fit of the pickups, since I've seen mentions of issues going from EMG's to passive on previous Lukes.

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    Well im not sure about the physical measurements of both types of pickups but indeed emg could be a bit larger or smaller i'm sure the manufacturers websites have some measuremments on em. So you might want to visit the emg and dimarzio sites.
    Another issue could be the fact that luke 3 guitars have non adjustable pickups so the emgs might sit too low and too far away from the strings... But that could be solved with a bit of foam underneath the pickups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgastineau View Post
    I'd like to replace the Dimarzios in my Luke III SSH with EMG's. Are there any installation issues I should be aware of?

    Thanks
    If you ever sell the electronics from the Luke III, I'll buy it immediately!!!
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    I have another set of Luke III SSH Dimarzio electronics I want to replace with EMGs.
    Last edited by beej; 08-03-2017 at 06:02 AM.

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    Hey I have an L2 with the EMGs and setup that i'd happily swap the full circuit and pickups with you for the L3 HSS setup? straight swap = easy transition. get it?
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    I think the EMGs are a tiny bit smaller than passive humbuckers.

    When I bought a Bare Knuckles passive humbucker for my Luke 2, I had to specify "EMG" size.
    I haven't installed it yet since I haven't bought the two singles or the pots and switch.
    Last edited by Tollie; 08-02-2017 at 06:11 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr.b View Post
    Hey I have an L2 with the EMGs and setup that i'd happily swap the full circuit and pickups with you for the L3 HSS setup? straight swap = easy transition. get it?
    Thanks, but I'm getting a different EMG setup than stock Luke setup.

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    Ah nice. What are you going for?

    Well if the sale of your L3 pups fall through, give a shout please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgastineau View Post
    I think I'm going for EMG Luke single coils, 89 humbucker, and SPC.
    What country are you in? I'd love to try those transitions in my silo


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    Last edited by beej; 08-03-2017 at 06:03 AM.
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    Guys- friendly reminder that (1) this isn't the for sale thread, and (2) new members need 25 posts to sell there. Thanks.

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