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Dimarzio Model Js higher output than Ibanez ADX5

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by mitchjonbass, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. mitchjonbass

    mitchjonbass Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    I have played a '74 Fender Jazz w/ Dimarzio Model J's for a long time and I just recently bought a '97 Ibanez SR1015 5 string with ADX5 pups/active/vari-mid eq. I have been playing passive pups for a long time and I'm not experienced with active pups. The Dimarzios have a much higher output than the ADX 5's...should it be the other way around? Would a new preamp help?

  2. See if there is a gain control on the preamp, by any chance.

    There is no standard for output levels of various pickups and preamps. It varies all over the map. Having a preamp or active pickups does not inherently change anything, either. Sometimes preamps have a gain boost, but many are unity-gain.

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