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Old 12-02-2014, 02:16 PM   #941
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Hey all! Long time lurker, for time poster.

Currently I am playing an Epiphone Semi-Hollow Union Jack Supernova (the Noel Gallagher guitar, here's link http://www.rareelectricguitar.com/Epiphone-Supernova-Union-Jack-Guitar-sale_2355.html). I am playing on an AC-15 these days, and I am not digging the way this guitar and amp sounds together. The Epiphone comes through really muddy (can't get clear tone) and if I kick in some overdrive it sounds even more washed. It's got 2 Humbuckers (Alnico 57 pickups).

I am looking for a more clear, but "controllable" sound. Kinda like the pickups in a Gretsch Duo Jet (though not sure this epiphone could use that same dual switch setup). I would like something more clear-toned, but able to play some of that bluesy, gritty, Jack White-y/Old Black Keys-y kind of stuff. Does that make sense?

I would like to stay around $150-200, but would also like to hear "money isn't a factor" options (besides just buying the Duo Jet, which I considered )

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 12-13-2014, 05:19 AM   #942
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Looking at getting the Seymour Duncan 59' Custom Hybrid... both bridge and neck models... possibly.

Would it go good with the guitar I was given as a gift ?
As I don't know if this guitar is considered "balanced and warm"? lol.

I mean I know it's made of Agathis, with a Flame-Maple top, and rosewood fingerboard... sounds like it "should" be warm and balanced, but with a bit of a darker tone possibly as it's tonally related to Mahogany according to this site.
As this site sais Mahogany is dark yet warm, with a lot of bottom end.


And this site sais about rosewood " featuring a bell-like attack and a rich, high-fidelity ring."

So in the end I'm guessing this all combines for a "balanced and warm, if a (little) dark" tone... so would this be suitable for that guitar?
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Old 01-10-2015, 08:11 AM   #943
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Hello!

I have this pickup choosing problem: I just bought Ibanez RG1451 (basswood body, maple/rosewood neck and tight-end bridge) guitar, which has Dimarzio ToneZone on bridge. I was assuming pickup would sound good, but was disappointed to notice that it really lacks some growl. I recently sold my old RG821 which had Ibanez own stock bridge pickup CAP-VM2 and weirdly that stock pickup had more growl and better bite compared to TZ. Like the right higher frequencies that add the clawing evil sound to the tone are entirely missing. I am thinking maybe basswood body and TZ together make the sound so balanced it's almost boringly flat?

So: In a way I like TZ's large sound, but I need tighter and more brutal pickup. I like my guitar sound more or less like my bass sound: It would be cool to get a bit like Warwick vibe to it, tight bottom end and still punching form of mids and highs. A bit like this Celtic Frost on this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xP_KFgZBQw

Appreciate if someone could lend his knowledge and give some advice =).
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:30 PM   #944
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Yes, I read through the OPs.

I have a Washburn X-30 that I would like to upgrade. The current stock headhunter pups are pretty flat and versatile, but I would like something with more output, sensitivity, and punch. But not too much so :p The pups are both humbuckers, and the wiring uses coil tap. I don't really use that coil tap function, but I dunno how all that works so coil-tap compatibility in some way would be beneficial. I play Church worship music, alternative, post-rock, ambience, etc. The Amp I currently have is an older model Valveking with a WGS Retro 30 speaker.

Any suggestions? I'm thinking something Seymour Duncan. I was looking at the Pearly Gates, but they're pushing $100 each :/ So nothing too expensive please, unless I wouldn't be satisfied. No actives plz. Black casing would match my guitar best.
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Old 05-18-2015, 01:12 PM   #945
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Yes, I read through the OPs.

I have a Washburn X-30 that I would like to upgrade. The current stock headhunter pups are pretty flat and versatile, but I would like something with more output, sensitivity, and punch. But not too much so :p The pups are both humbuckers, and the wiring uses coil tap. I don't really use that coil tap function, but I dunno how all that works so coil-tap compatibility in some way would be beneficial. I play Church worship music, alternative, post-rock, ambience, etc. The Amp I currently have is an older model Valveking with a WGS Retro 30 speaker.

Any suggestions? I'm thinking something Seymour Duncan. I was looking at the Pearly Gates, but they're pushing $100 each :/ So nothing too expensive please, unless I wouldn't be satisfied. No actives plz. Black casing would match my guitar best.


Okie dokie.... You want some advice?

Your washburn is a cool guitar, especially if it has a coil tap option. if you REALLY want higher output .... IGNORE the coil tap option on the stock pickups. What I would do is gut whatever's in there and fully rewire it with HIGH OUTPUT humbuckers.

I would recommend something noisless, ideally a EMG 81 / 85 combo. Yessssss, they are ACTIVE pups. You will need space internally for a 9 V battery.

$100 unfortunately these days is not a "large budget" for a fully new Seymour Duncan set up.

However, there is an alternative ---

BARE KNUCKLE PICKUPS.

Find a single BKP humbucker and put it in the bridge position, that is what I *personally* prefer. I've been using a BKP Nailbomb for about 4 years and, yes, it was very pricy when I purchased it, but it sounds absolutely phenomenal for both high output and low output applications.

Duncan and BKP are my favorite brands, have you looked into the SD Alnico II Pro series at all? I like to use an Alnico II Pro "Slash" for neck applications.
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Old 05-27-2015, 11:39 PM   #946
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So I just got myself another Ibanez S, which I'm absolutely stoked on. Normally I'm a massive DiMarzio Evo fanatic, but I'm looking for alternatives to maybe try something different. The guitar is mahogany with a maple neck, and I'm looking good for something a bit... punchier - more pronounced mids/high mids, and if possible a good clean tone and good dynamics as well.

During my search, I came across a SD Pegasus, and though it sounds good kn paper, I have zero experience with it, so I was hoping for some input.

Also, I'm aware of BKP and considered an Aftermath, but to be honest it seems a bit harsh on the highs, and I'd rather get a bridge pickup to do what I want, a land a single coil for the HSH middle slot configuration than spend almost $200 on one pickup. And on that topic, any suggestions on a single for thr middle position that's got really printing, round clean tone?

I play mostly prog/metal/hard rock with a touch of djent, if that helps.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-10-2015, 02:52 PM   #947
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Best humbucker for death metal in an alder-bodied Pacifica 112V, as well as a stacked bucker for the neck that has an output high enough for solos? I'd prefer something passive, £100 seems a tad pricey but I wouldn't say that Seymour Duncan Distortions and Invaders are too much (at the £60 - £80 mark)
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Old 06-25-2015, 02:39 PM   #948
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Old 08-20-2015, 06:25 AM   #949
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Great explanation and it is really wonderful response.
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Old 08-23-2015, 07:30 PM   #950
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Best humbucker for death metal in an alder-bodied Pacifica 112V, as well as a stacked bucker for the neck that has an output high enough for solos? I'd prefer something passive, £100 seems a tad pricey but I wouldn't say that Seymour Duncan Distortions and Invaders are too much (at the £60 - £80 mark)


I'm a big fan of the DiMarzio Evo2 or D-Activator. Not sure what the prices are in quid, but they are about 80-100 US.
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Old 08-24-2015, 02:31 PM   #951
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I'm a big fan of the DiMarzio Evo2 or D-Activator. Not sure what the prices are in quid, but they are about 80-100 US.


Thanks man! The D'Activator is £59.99 from Andertons, while the Evo 2 is £81 from the same shop, but can be found considerably cheaper elsewhere in the UK, so both are reasonably priced for me
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Old 01-06-2016, 02:09 AM   #952
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I'm looking for a couple of humbuckers to go in a flying v copy with an ash body. Right now it has PRS pickups in it, and they are kind of boring. Very smooth, with a strong fundamental and not much else. What I think I'm looking for are some low output pups that are more dynamic and have more harmonic content.

I'm playing sort of fuzzed out low tuned rock. My setup is an old Orange OR80 through a newer Orange 412 with V30s and various fuzz boxes.

An example of sort of the sound I'm going for:

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Old 01-19-2016, 09:47 PM   #953
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Pickups for Punk Rock

I am looking to mod my epiphone les paul standard plus top pro. I primarily play punk rock music, but I also play in a jazz band, and will sometimes play classic and hard rock covers. I have been looking at the Seymour Duncan Invader set and the Hot Rodded set. The Hot Rodded set seems to be more versatile, but I like the sound of the Invaders better for heavier tones. I am inexperienced at moding guitars. Which set is best for the sounds I am going for? Are their any other options I should look at? I would appreciate any help I can get.
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Old 01-26-2016, 03:44 AM   #954
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Hello everyone, I have some questions I hope you guys can answer, since I'm new to guitar modifications or customization.

I bought this Ibanez Gio GRG250DX two years ago and I want to upgrade the pickups
http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/eg_page15.php?year=2015&area_id=3&cat_id=1&series_id=9&data_id=191&color=CL01

Since it came with passive pickups I'd like it to have new passive pickups, I was thinking about buying EMGs, H4, H4a and S3
http://www.emgpickups.com/guitar/humbucking/passive-humbucking/h4.html
http://www.emgpickups.com/guitar/humbucking/passive-humbucking/h4a.html
http://www.emgpickups.com/guitar/single-coil/passive/s3.html

I was wondering if I can install the 3 passive pickups with this wiring kit, or if is it possible to install 3 EMG passive pickups, I've been searching on google for diagrams but I can't find one that has an HSH guitar, and mostly the ones I find are for active pickups or just 2 passive pickups
http://www.emgpickups.com/accessories/wiring-kits/wiring-kits/3-pickup-wiring-kit.html

I currently have a Marshall MG30DFX and I'm planning to buy a new Marshall later this year, haven't thought of it yet, I saw some demos of the new Code line from NAMM but I'm not sure if I would buy one of those, can someone recommend a nice amp? I'm looking for a 50 watt or 100 watt amp...

As for the tone I loved the sound of Slipknot's last album so I might try to go for something like that or maybe something like Metallica's Death Magnetic...

I'm still saving money to buy everything I think I can save up to $300
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Old 02-10-2016, 10:49 PM   #955
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Hi All,

Just got a Warmoth body - Royale, the LP shape. It is mahogany, as will the neck be once I get it.

I am looking for a versatile, clear and articulate humbucker for both neck and bridge that responds well to attack. Low to moderate output. I don't want muddiness. Thinking SD Pearly Gates, but open to suggestions. Can't afford BKPs, otherwise I'd go Mules.

I play through a Traynor YCV50blue.

Tone wise, everything from blues to classic metal. Nothing high gain. Artist wise, something that could handle Allman Brothers one night and AC/DC or Porcupine Tree the next.

Thanks!

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Old 03-29-2016, 07:45 PM   #956
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Dimarzio neck single coil to match evolution?

I have an LTD quilted top, basswood body, bolt on maple neck and fretboard routed HSS. I want to install an evo in the bridge and the single coil evo in the middle.

There doesn't seem to be an evo single coil specifically for the neck so I'm looking for suggestions. Also, please chime in if you think the evo is too bright for this guitar. I'm considering the ToneZone or CrunchLab as alternates.

Thanks!

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