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    Join Date: Oct 2008
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    NPickupD: Not playing authentic.

    Picked Up a Dean Baker Act:
    20190826_164555 by SR, on Flickr

    20190826_164619 by SR, on Flickr

    I've wanted to try one of these for a while, the specs are pretty similar to an Aldrich(17+k, A5, etc). I would try some Duncans, but fuck them and that wider than normal "trembucker" BS. Gotten bored of the Dimarzio Breed bridge, which has been in this one guitar for like 20 years now. It's still a great pickup, just more for E standard, or lead playing, IMO. The neck model is staying though, because it's my favorite neck humbucker.

    20190829_180410 by SR, on Flickr

    First impressions:
    The Baker Act is definitely sharper sounding(maybe grittier?) than the Aldrich. Maybe closer to the JB? Not sure because the last JB I had was a 7 string version in a Schecter 10 years ago.

    It's got more chunk than the Breed; but the bass is still pretty tight, and it doesn't feel like I lost any mids. It's more interesting sounding; the Breed was starting to sound too smooth, especially in D standard.

    Unfortunately I wired it backwards, so it's out of phase in the middle position, which I guess works out with the coil tap. Probably won't fix that until next year's string changes.

    PS: I hate that fucking DMT logo, need to take it off.

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    Join Date: Oct 2008
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    I'm starting to hate logos on pickups full stop...

    This is interesting. But also annoying that there's another pickup out there I want to try. Not good after I've just "settled"

    Anyway, this sounds cool. Dean haven't been doing pickups for long, right? They were only available as stock on their guitars AFAIK, then all of a sudden they started cropping up aftermarket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattayus View Post
    I'm starting to hate logos on pickups full stop...

    This is interesting. But also annoying that there's another pickup out there I want to try. Not good after I've just "settled"

    Anyway, this sounds cool. Dean haven't been doing pickups for long, right? They were only available as stock on their guitars AFAIK, then all of a sudden they started cropping up aftermarket.
    I only ever put them on mine if customers specifically ask for them. I'm all for the clean look too.

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    Join Date: Oct 2008
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    Yeah, they hired a pickup winder, Pat Baker. This is his "sig" model, name is kind of a dad joke, the Baker Act is sort of Florida's 5150 law.

    Seems like they started their own pickup line just to make sig pickups for endorsees. I've been on the fence about buying one because they still market SD loaded guitars as an upgrade(not a lot of faith in their product).

    This might be too bright in a maple/alder Charvel, that RG is pretty dark. If the Aldrich is fat, this is a bit leaner and nastier.

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    Join Date: Oct 2008
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    BTW: I spent $10 on some vinyl wrap on ebay, black carbon fiber and black brushed aluminium.

    20190830_091307 by SR, on Flickr

    20190830_114757 by SR, on Flickr

    I want to get a real aluminium one for the Charvel now, but the carbon fiber RG pickguards are just too expensive.

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