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    Thoughts on adding a middle pup to my #1 (98 Axis Sport MM90)

    In the same vein...anybody have experience on how DiMarzio and Seymour Duncan play together in the same axe? Specifically looking at a Sentient neck and Super Distortion bridge...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wesman11483 View Post
    anybody have experience on how DiMarzio and Seymour Duncan play together in the same axe?
    They work absolutely fine together, BUT they use different wiring color codes. So you'll have to do a little brain work to wire them correctly.

    Google image search for "humbucker color codes"
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    I would not add a middle pickup. It is a beautiful and valuable guitar. With non-reversible modifications one of these will suffer. Maybe both.

    But no issues with trying all sorts of pickups, mixing and matching brands, building in coil taps, etc.

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    I agree with Levil, i would not hack at the wood but its entirely down to the choice of the owner. This guitar doesn't need another pup imo.
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    With all due respect boys, I disagree.

    While it’s an awesome Axis it has some pretty hard miles on it, so I say: Go for the mod. Make it your own. Just make sure you find someone who is going to do an amazing job.

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    I'm with Tollie. Do your own thing.

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    So to unpack the decision making a little:
    This is by far my main axe. For neck, feel, and general affection.

    My other guitar is a PRS CE-22 which I only use to get the “outer coils in parallel” sound. This being an MM90, I have the M90 in the neck, and a DiMarzio super distortion P90 size humbucker in the bridge. It sounds amazing as is, but if I could accomplish both with my Axis...

    And yes, Tollie, she has some miles on her. Resale value is not of concern to me as she’s a keeper.
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    I’m not knocking those miles. That means she has been played, and I think that mod will make her like a Swiss Army knife of guitars.

    I can’t wait to see the results. It would be cool if your tech could take some pictures of the process, like when drilling into the body. My tech took some killer pictures when he drilled into my pink Axis to add a kill switch. Many of our friends here cringed over it.
    Last edited by Tollie; 07-20-2020 at 08:08 AM.

    2019 Albert Lee - BFR - Electric Shimmer
    2019 Axis SS semi hollow - DuBaldo Blue - rosewood neck
    2019 StingRay fretless - BFR - Sierra Vintage Burst
    2018 Axis SS - BFR - Buckeye Burl
    2017 StingRay 5 - 30th Ann
    2013 Luke III - PDN - emerald green sparkle
    - rosewood neck
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    2010 Axis SS - red flame - rosewood neck
    2009 Axis - pink quilt
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tollie View Post
    Iím not knocking those miles. That means she has been played, and I think that mod will make her like a Swiss Army knife of guitars.

    I canít wait to see the results. It would be cool if your tech could take some pictures of the process, like when drilling into the body. My tech took some killer pictures when he drilled into my pink Axis to add a kill switch. Many of our friends here cringed over it.
    Thatís a great idea!
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    I have never understood why people buy P-90 guitars and change out the pickups. That defeats the entire purpose of the guitar. RESPECT the P90, or Leslie West will chase you down on his one leg and play Mississippi Queen at you until you understand the magic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbonesullivan View Post
    I have never understood why people buy P-90 guitars and change out the pickups. That defeats the entire purpose of the guitar. RESPECT the P90, or Leslie West will chase you down on his one leg and play Mississippi Queen at you until you understand the magic.
    Hahahaha. I love the P90. And the M90 is probably the best P90 Iíve ever played.
    I bought the guitar because it was an insane buy to get into an Axis at a bargain ($500)...and adding a humbucker to the bridge made it super versatile for the styles of music I play (works for church and also for my band)
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    PRS 2006 CE-22

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    Please do get some pictures of the process - I love these mod threads. Can’t wait to see how it turns out
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    Man, that is a heck of a bargain.

    2019 Albert Lee - BFR - Electric Shimmer
    2019 Axis SS semi hollow - DuBaldo Blue - rosewood neck
    2019 StingRay fretless - BFR - Sierra Vintage Burst
    2018 Axis SS - BFR - Buckeye Burl
    2017 StingRay 5 - 30th Ann
    2013 Luke III - PDN - emerald green sparkle
    - rosewood neck
    2012 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord
    2010 Axis SS - red flame - rosewood neck
    2009 Axis - pink quilt
    2006 StingRay fretless - 30th Ann
    2000 Axis SS - Lavender Pearl
    1996 StingRay - 20th Ann
    1995 Albert Lee - Jim Messinaís

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    Quote Originally Posted by TripHazard View Post
    Please do get some pictures of the process - I love these mod threads. Canít wait to see how it turns out
    Reached out to my local tech to check his availability...

    Researching pups. Front runners:
    -Seymour Duncan Sentient (custom shop P90 housing). I love the sound of the pickup, but hard to know how it would sound split with my Super Distortion
    -DiMarzio PG-13 middle position mini humbucker. Tonally I think this would hit the right spots and output wise *should* match output of Super Distortion when the split coil is added

    Any of you ballers 1) have experience with PRS Dragon II pickups and 2) know what would get close to that ďouter coils in parallelĒ tone?
    EBMM 1998 Axis Sport MM90
    EBMM Axis Super Sport
    PRS 2006 CE-22

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    UPDATE
    So after talking to my tech (who digs the vision), Fralin (about switching), and DiMarzio, I’m going to pull the trigger knowing the tone will probably not be exactly what I got out of my PRS split in parallel...so I guess I’ll have to keep her; but the tone with this mod should still be killer.

    I’ve elected to go with a DiMarzio PG-13 mini humbucker in the middle position. I really like the tone samples of both full humbucker and split coils...and was even able to hear a side by side with a Super Distortion.

    Any MM90 players out there, the M90 is a 4 conductor pickup, right?

    She probably won’t get on the bench until September, but I will be sure to post pictures/updates.
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    EBMM Axis Super Sport
    PRS 2006 CE-22

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