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Old 03-23-2012, 07:44 AM   #1
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passive pickups for metal?

sorry for the redundancy of "which pickups i should get" cause i see it here alot. but really, i dont know jack about "good" pickups, ive only tried emgs and stock gibson pickups.
so, im about to get this jackson soloist slsmg from guitar center soon, which is mohagany, neck through, through body, ebony fretboard, and has emghz pickups. tested it and everything, and its nice, but i plan to swap out the emgs for something different.been doin my own research but it leaves me questionable if i dont get to hear it personally. thinking about seymour duncan invaders and something else, but really i have no idea. i like to play thrash metal, any high gain distortion sounds, and occasional cleans sounds. but dont have much experience with alot of pups, dimarzio, seymours, whatever
so you guys have any suggestions? plan to stick to passive too
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:49 AM   #2
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what amp are you using?
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:56 AM   #3
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randall rx 120dhs with a distortion pedal.
but am goin to get a orange dark terror soon, ill be using that when i have it
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:32 AM   #4
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Personally, I'd go with a set of bareknuckle warpigs.

EDIT: You should probably check out the DiMarzio Pickup Picker on their site too.

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Old 03-23-2012, 08:41 AM   #5
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this is what i mean man, ive never heard of bareknuckles before
your gonna make me check out these warpigs on youtube now lol

anyone else got any opinions tho?
all i know is; duncans are classic, all the virtuosos use dimarzio, and every metal band use active emgs. so many options but idk where to start
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:07 AM   #6
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those warpigs sound pretty badass, but too expensive. i was thinkin more around 100 for pickups
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:38 AM   #7
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is that a used one? the newer ones have active EMGs
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:44 AM   #8
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ya its a used one, good condition tho.
not sure how old, but im assuming 2005ish? i think.
but ya, it has emgHZ
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:08 AM   #9
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i think the ones with the "real" name brand pickups were 2006 and onwards. so it's at least as old as 2005, presumably.
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:35 AM   #10
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From what I've been looking for, I've got a few options that I'm torn between.

Bridge- Duncan distortion/invader, dimarzio d activator/x2n
Neck- Duncan pearly gates,...?
Any suggestions or objections would be appreciated.
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Listen to Dave, buy used.
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:58 AM   #12
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DiMarzio D-Activator-X set sounds really nice for metal and shred
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From what I've been looking for, I've got a few options that I'm torn between.

Bridge- Duncan distortion/invader, dimarzio d activator/x2n
Neck- Duncan pearly gates,...?
Any suggestions or objections would be appreciated.


don't really like the invader. distortion is alright but it's more of an 80s metal tone (think dokken).

haven't tried those two dimarzios.

you have a load of options for the neck, it's really up to you.
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:10 PM   #14
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D-sonic /Liquifire.
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:57 PM   #15
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D-Activator or D-activator x bridge and the breed neck
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:59 PM   #16
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Some good suggestions so far. For a bridge pickup I'd personally go for a Duncan JB. Through my setup and experience its got a nice punchy snarl to it, sounds great when I'm doing Alter Bridge covers. And on a clean setting its a winner imo as well. And your suggestion of a pearly gates in the neck...i've never tried it, but that sounds like a good plan.
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:58 PM   #17
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What is your amp?

As for pickups, i would go for the good old Crunchlab and Liquifire set from Dimarzio.
Or a Duncan Distortion and a Duncan '59.

I would avoid the Invader and the X2N. They're too hot to be usable for anything but high gain and they tend to be very muddy in the wrong guitars.
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Old 03-23-2012, 05:09 PM   #18
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I prefer passive pups for metal. They've got a character that I've found to be lacking in active pups.

For metal pup combos, there are two combos that I swear by: (1) Seymour Duncan SH2/SH4 in the bridge and (2) Dimarzio Liquifire/Crunchlab.

The SH2/SH4 combo is a more versatile combo that has no trouble with tight rhythms and really smooth leads and cleans even with loads of distortion. The Dying in Your Arms and Rain covers on my MP3 page are using that combo.

The Liquifire/Crunchlab combo is similarly versatile, but I definitely prefer the Liquifire to the SN2 (mostly because the Liquifire is more specialized towards high-gain solos with competent cleans as opposed to the SH2's specialization towards cleans with competent high-gain). The Crunchlab sounds about the same as the SH4 to me, though I'm using the Crunchlab 7, so I'm very impressed by the tightness that I get even in lower tunings. I haven't gone as low as B or C with the SH4, so I can't speak for its clarity in those tunings. In E standard all the way down to C# standard, it's definitely a very clear, high output pup.
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Old 03-23-2012, 05:11 PM   #19
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Thanks for all the input so far guys.
My amp is a Randall rx120, I put adistortion pedal in front of it tho. But I will be getting an orange dark terror soon..
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:00 PM   #20
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So out of these we narrowed down, which would be better for mohagany?
And which is better for thrash stuff like megadeth, pantera, Metallica etc?
Sd distortion, crunchlab, d activator, sh4?
Don't care if it doesn't do clean good, I want pinch harmonics, good riff thump, and solo sustain. You know the best for metal
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