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I've had my sights set on getting an axe suited for dive bombs, harmonics, tapping etc - in particular I have my eye on a Jackson Dinky DXMG. Obviously they're put together for metalheads - I don't mind metal, but fast blues-based rock is more my thing. And it's got everything I want - locking tremolo, 24 frets, 2 humbuckers, highly playable.... yadda yadda.

Anyway - after replacing the pickups in my Les Paul copy to PAF Dimarzios, I realize the difference great pickups make. I'm really wanting to get a guitar response/sound in the ballpark of Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher" tone from the Dinky. Can anyone make any pickup suggestions?
#2
A variac'd Marshall.

If you want something Van Halenish, get like a hot P.A.F. clone. Something with a lot of bass and midrange. Check out the Dimarzio Super Distortions or if those are too hot, the Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates.
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I know you want the Jackson, but look into a Peavey Wolfgang with a 5150 half stack, that gets you perfect EVH tone, because thats his rig

I played through one and fell in love. floyd rose, locking nut, 14 fret, really low action from the factory...

only setback is that they stopped making them about 5 years ago when EVH got into it with peavey... so those will run you around 2000 to get a decent one
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I know you want the Jackson, but look into a Peavey Wolfgang with a 5150 half stack, that gets you perfect EVH tone, because thats his rig

I played through one and fell in love. floyd rose, locking nut, 14 fret, really low action from the factory...

only setback is that they stopped making them about 5 years ago when EVH got into it with peavey... so those will run you around 2000 to get a decent one


Meh, Van Halen is in the works with Peavey again, so they might reissue the Wolfgang. He could get a Musicman, it's pretty much the same thing anyways.

I could never get a good 'Halen tone out of a 5150. It made me kind of angry.
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Super PAF's, eh? I currently own a 70's Japanese lawsuit Les Paul copy with Dimarzio PAF's and although it sounds sublime, I find it's not the best tapping axe. Would this be the guitar or my technique?

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Super PAF's, eh? I currently own a 70's Japanese lawsuit Les Paul copy with Dimarzio PAF's and although it sounds sublime, I find it's not the best tapping axe. Would this be the guitar or my technique?

I'm running through a MXR GTOD pedal to a JCM 800 and/or Line 6 Flextone III XL


Could be a bit of both.

Back when I was fresh meat, I had an Epiphone Les Paul with PAF pro sets. I thought they sounded bad and the guitar was crappy so I traded it to my friend for a Jackson. I recently got to play it and it sounded pretty killer. I almost regret trading it. Even still, the Dimarzio PAF pickups aren't anything special. Try the Super Distortion. The tone is totally eighties Van Halen.
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Better pickups for Van Halen tones are, in rough descending order of price...

Seymour Duncan '78 Custom model for Evenly Voiced Harmonics
Bare Knuckle VHII
Seymour Duncan Custom Custom
Dimarzio Norton
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hot rodded pickups with a cranked marshall amp
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on hot for teacher he used the bridge p/up on full volume for the heavy distortion, then switched to the neck (low volume) for the cleaner bits. therefore you should probably get a guitar with separate volume controls for pickups to properly emulate the sound.

he also had someone fiddle with his amp to make the sound hotter (perhaps a built in attenuator... i forget) but i vaguely recall that this damaged his tubes and he went through them awful quick, so you may want to watch out for that. good luck!
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my english teacher is hot..

I once had a really hot music teacher. She never wore a bra.. and sometimes, when she would bend over to grab something from her desk.. the whole class was quiet and gaping. Especially the guys (including me).

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Try a Super Distortion. That baby makes my crappy SS amp sound decent!
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Better pickups for Van Halen tones are, in rough descending order of price...

Seymour Duncan '78 Custom model for Evenly Voiced Harmonics
Bare Knuckle VHII
Seymour Duncan Custom Custom
Dimarzio Norton


Yup, +1 on the SH-11 Custom Custom and the '78 Custom Shop Model. Also look into the '59 model I believe it is. For a good Marshall tone without breaking the piggy bank look into Orange amps. They do a VERY good job, I'm talking about the tube Orange amps like the Tiny Terror. If you're looking to make your own guitar get either a Northern Ash body (original Frankie) or Basswood (Kramer 5150) and of course a maple neck. The Ernie Ball/Music Man Axis nails the EVH tone very well and they are awesome guitars.

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on hot for teacher he used the bridge p/up on full volume for the heavy distortion, then switched to the neck (low volume) for the cleaner bits. therefore you should probably get a guitar with separate volume controls for pickups to properly emulate the sound.


Actually no, go on youtube and see him play it live. EVH didn't use a neck pickup at all in the 80's. He just rolled off the volume He didn't have a neck pickup in his guitar until he went to Ernie Ball.
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I once had a really hot music teacher. She never wore a bra.. and sometimes, when she would bend over to grab something from her desk.. the whole class was quiet and gaping. Especially the guys (including me).

Anyway, back on topic..

Try a Super Distortion. That baby makes my crappy SS amp sound decent!



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As far as the tone goes, all he basically used was a Strat with a PAF in it, then all you need is something that call pull off a decent Marshall sound.
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