#1
I recently bought an ibanez S5470 prestige, and i am looking to put new pickups in it. I am reasonably sure that it needs an f-spaced pup in the bridge, but I'm not sure about the neck...

Im probably going to put in a Dimarzio D-sonic, and air norton, with either a chopper of fast track 1 in the middle.

any oppinions on this in an S?
#2
how big is the current pickup from the centre of each outer pole piece to the other.

if it's 51mm it's f spaced if it's 48mm it's not.

I'd assume you need an f spaced pickup as the nut is 43mm.

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How do I know which spacing to use?
F-spaced pickups measure 2.01" (51 mm) center-to-center from the first polepiece to the sixth. Standard-spaced pickups measure 1.90" (48 mm). Although some players believe that F-spaced pickups are only for the bridge position of tremolo bridge guitars, many guitars with fixed bridges (including late 1990s Gibson Les Pauls and Epiphone LPs) should have F-spaced pickups in the bridge position. Most tremolo equipped guitars that have a nut width of 1-11/16” (43mm) or more should also use an F-spaced pickup in the neck position. If you’re replacing a bridge-position pickup and you're not sure what your string-spacing is, it's usually better to get an F-spaced model. It is not necessary for the strings to pass exactly over the center of the polepieces for best performance, but it is wise to avoid a situation where the E strings are sitting completely outside of the outer polepieces.


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#4
so they measure about 52mm for the bridge pickup and 50mm for the neck...

so im thinking F-spaced bridge, and regular neck, Yes?
#5
I wouldn't.

it's better to have the outer strings within the pole pieces rather than outside.

too big is better than too small. I'd go with an F spaced neck pickup aswell.
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#6
ok i guess that makes sense...

Does anyone have any experience changing the pickups in an ibanez S?
#7
same guitar here. i modified it around april-may last year with dimarzio evolutions and hs-2 (jem copy). i'd suggest pickups with slightly lower output because for better tone i'd rely more on amp power instead of PU power.
i swapped the bridge with f-spaced but just for confirmation ask dimarzio's tech support directly. they reply fast every time i ask.
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#8
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same guitar here. i modified it around april-may last year with dimarzio evolutions and hs-2 (jem copy). i'd suggest pickups with slightly lower output because for better tone i'd rely more on amp power instead of PU power.
i swapped the bridge with f-spaced but just for confirmation ask dimarzio's tech support directly. they reply fast every time i ask.


what about the neck? how do they line up?
#9
I'm not completly sure but I thought I read somewhere that the HGD2 bridge pup in the S5470 was modeled off the D Sonic. I think you should consider if spending $100 for the little difference the actual D Sonic would give you is worth it. You should at least switch the pickup so the bar magnet is closest to the bridge before coming to a decision.

I have a d sonic in my RG2550 running though a 6505 and I love it. Because I usually play in D standard and lower I installed it with the bar towards the bridge so that it's tight and clear which is perfect for what I play. I plan on upgrading to an Air Norton in the neck position soon.

EDIT: Wizard necks are 43mm at the nut so they are wide enough for a f space neck pick up. You can double check by measuring both neck and bridge pickups to see if theyre the same length. If the are then both are f spaced.
Last edited by Justin Credible at Jan 22, 2009,
#10
i use standard on neck. no problem.
but you can use f-spaced neck PU if you want to play safe.
just ask dimarzio's tech support, they're great.
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