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    I just bought the EVH Frankenstein pickup and I was wondering before I did anything with it, if anybody has a diagram for a single volume to output jack.
    Are the wires color coded the same as duncans?

    Any help would be appreciated
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    Here are a few helpful images:







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    It looks like the EVH Frank pickup is the same as a regular SD 59 -- which is simply a hot wire surrounded by a grounded sheath. You have take an Exacto and unbraid the sheath at least an inch -- that's your ground, twist it tight -- the other is hot. There are no north finish/south finish wires to worry about either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evh5150vanhalen View Post
    I just bought the EVH Frankenstein pickup and I was wondering before I did anything with it, if anybody has a diagram for a single volume to output jack.
    Are the wires color coded the same as duncans?
    Yes... the EVH Frankenstein pick-up is actually made by Seymour Duncan- not FMIC.
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    I have it on pretty good authority that the EVH Frankenstein is a Custom Custom with a single wire/ground lead instead of the 4 conductor lead in a fancy box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nobozos View Post
    I have it on pretty good authority that the EVH Frankenstein is a Custom Custom with a single wire/ground lead instead of the 4 conductor lead in a fancy box.
    It is. It is identical to SD 59s.



    This is a hot wire wrapped in a braided sheath. Like I said, just carefully unbraid the sheath an inch or so and twist it tightly -- then all you have is a hot and a ground wire only. Solder the ground to the back of the volume pot and the hot to its according tip on the volume pot.

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    So it's a Custom Custom? If this is true why did Duncan make the IM1 to replicate the Franky pickup? Because of the old magnet maybe? So IM1 is an old degaussed Custom Custom? I'll tell ya this. My relic'd Franky pickup reminded me of WACF. In comparison to my Axis and PV Wolfgangs anyway.

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    I'm not sure why they did th Im1 the way they did, but the Im1 uses an alnico 5 magnet. The CC and the EVH Frankenstein are both Alnico 2 magnets with 14.4 ohm output. From what I understand, the two are exactly the same electrically. I believe SD is contractually obligated not to disclose that fact, so they probably made the Im1 as something they could advertise as mimicking the tone of the EVH pickup.
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    It's so weird, too -- that pickup looks nothing like the SD 59 seen here...





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    Thank you very much, I got
    A friend of mine to put it in for me... I love the spund of it in my Kramer

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    Quote Originally Posted by evh5150vanhalen View Post
    Thank you very much, I got
    A friend of mine to put it in for me... I love the spund of it in my Kramer
    It looks freakin' excellent.

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    I've got a Frankenstein and a Custom Custom. Not the same pickup at all. They may have similar specs in terms of magnet, resistance, and so on, but they're actually physically different, enough to be visible on a quick inspection. One coil of the Frankenstein is significantly fatter than the other, mimicking the imbalance found in the original. That's what gives that pickup its clangy, bright and open high end (and also a little more noise). It's really running as one and half coils.

    The CC, on the other hand, has pretty symmetrical coils. And the two pickups sound quite different, albeit in the same ballpark with other hot PAF styles.
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    Thanks Charvel. I haven't had the two side by side to compare them. I have owned both. Currently, I have a Frankenstein. From my memory, they had a different tone, but after hearing that they were the same from the source that I heard it from, I thought maybe I thought the Frankenstein sounded better because I wanted it to.

    You know how these things go. The person this information came from is supposed to be someone that has inside knowledge on the products that is employed by SD. He's probably talking out his ass, or thinks he knows something he doesn't. I assumed he was reliable due to his position.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nobozos View Post
    I have it on pretty good authority that the EVH Frankenstein is a Custom Custom with a single wire/ground lead instead of the 4 conductor lead in a fancy box.
    NO, they only share a similar spec but DO NOT sound exactly alike.
    A few guys including myself have compared the EVH frank p'u to a duncan CC and the frank has a different tone and feel. it has a bigger bass and is tighter.
    granted they are similar sounding but definitely not the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charvel2 View Post
    I've got a Frankenstein and a Custom Custom. Not the same pickup at all. They may have similar specs in terms of magnet, resistance, and so on, but they're actually physically different, enough to be visible on a quick inspection. One coil of the Frankenstein is significantly fatter than the other, mimicking the imbalance found in the original. That's what gives that pickup its clangy, bright and open high end (and also a little more noise). It's really running as one and half coils.

    The CC, on the other hand, has pretty symmetrical coils. And the two pickups sound quite different, albeit in the same ballpark with other hot PAF styles.
    You mean there is more wire wound to the one coil right?
    the actual plastic bobbins are the same size but one is wound with more wire than the other

 

 

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