Ibanez and Dimarzio Breed or Evolution Wiring

When I started out with playing guitar, I quickly realised that if you wanted great guitar tone, then stock pickups on anything but top model guitars were a weak link. I also struggled to find much information on specific pickups, and therefore deciding what pickups I should buy for my guitar was a hard choice.

Now I know a little more, and having advised friends on their choice of pickup, I thought I’d put that info out for others to find.

A few years ago I fitted a DImarzio Breed Bridge pickup to an Ibanez RG with a basswood body and bolt on neck with a rosewood fingerboard.

This was a simple fitting of a pickup, but I used an Ibanez 3PS1SC5 twin humbucker pickup selector switch but reversed to give some more options for pickup selections, like parallel coils form the Breed bridge, to sound more like a single coil guitar. There’s also a 330pF treble bleed cap. Also as the new pickup selector switch isn’t switchable with the new selector switch, I’ve fitted a push pull volume pot. When it’s pulled the output from the pickup selector (either of the humbuckers) is connected to the jack socket without any volume control, but the middle pickup is now controlable by the volume pot. this means that with the pickup selector in position 2, or 4, and with the push/pull pot out this gives a 3 single coil pickup guitar, which can sound very versatile.