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    Reflex pickup change advice.

    I have a pre game changer Reflex that I absolutely love.
    It has the Dimarzio pups with the series/parallel spilt controls, normally I hate that stuff but it’s awesome in my EBMM.
    My main bridge choice is the super Distortion and I was wondering if I could just drop one in?
    Will the pickup ring have to be changed?
    I’d like to retain all the features but with the power of the super D in the bridge.
    Anyone have any experience modding the EBMM wiring?

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    It sure, but if you decide to part with that reflex bridge pickup, I’d buy it from you.

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    I'm wondering what a super distortion would sound like in series? And I'm thinking I wouldn't like it?

    And then I found this on the Dimarzio website:

    The Super Distortion® is primarily a bridge position pickup, although it can be used in the neck position with a relatively low-gain amp. Specifically designed for solid-bodies: hollow and semi-hollow guitars can be hard to control with warm, high output pickups.
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    I’m pretty sure Paul Gilbert ran dual Super Ds in series/parallel. It’s known for its versatility in series, and split.
    I’m not worried about it being too hot in the reflex. Even though it’s a chambered body with a tone block, I wouldn’t consider the reflex a semi-hollow body in the practical sense. It’s not a lot hotter than the stock Dimarzio in my reflex now. Little more output, little more lows and low mids.
    I think the super D is the greatest pup of all time and would sound amazing with the Reflexes wiring.
    Last edited by Samhain; 09-17-2018 at 06:30 AM.

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    It’s looking like the problem I’m having is making a super D work with the EBMM pickup ring.

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    Shouldn't be a problem for most humbucking pickups without a cover. I swapped out the standard pickups for Suhr Thornbuckers in my 25th without issue. Pay attention to how the rubber gasket keeps the pickups screws attached and you should be fine.
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