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Old 09-06-2012, 08:35 PM   #1
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Post New pickups for Death/melodic death metal

Hi Guys,

i would like to change my guitar pickups in my Ibanez Rg870gmz. i recently bought it and was satisfied with the tone for old school metal like maiden or judas priest, but then i started a new band and i felt the pickups were lacking some balls. i dropped my guitar to drop b because we're playing melodic death metal in flames style and while i am still satisfied with the highs in solos or melody runs, the bass is just to weak for me. for me the bass in riffs should punch you in the face and the old pickups just dont do the trick.
The guitar features an american basswood body with a maple top and a walnut/maple wizard neck with a rosewood fretboard. i am playing it trough a hughes&kettner triamp Mk I full tube top and a framus dragon 4x12 cabinet with celstion vintage 30's.
i'm not the greatest fan of active pick ups, so it would be nice to leave emg's out(especially because i dont like em). i thought of the diamarzio super distortion in bridge and the paf in neck position but i am concerned that this combo might be too vintage. so does anyone have any recommendations?

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Old 09-06-2012, 09:03 PM   #2
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:04 PM   #3
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^those are all suggestions for the bridge pickup - I'm crap at recommending neck pickups so i won't
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:09 PM   #4
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What's wrong with a slight vintage sound? It would put a slightly different twist on it? A PAF might sound just right.
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:14 PM   #5
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The super distortion and PAF PRO would be great for almost everything "metal". Also, get a 0.01 capacitor on the volume pot for a treble bleed modification.

The Dactivator bridge and neck models will be good to, as with the Steve's Special for the bridge and an Air Norton for the neck,
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:15 PM   #6
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What's wrong with a slight vintage sound? It would put a slightly different twist on it? A PAF might sound just right.

PAF pickups tend to crap out under high gain and low tunings. - low end turns to mush.

You need something ceramic magnet based that has been designed with detuning in mind.
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:37 AM   #7
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yeah thats what i thought. i had the d-activator in mind but im also crap in choosing neck pickups. i guess i'll take the d-activator bridge and air norton neck. thanks for the fast reply^^
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:10 PM   #8
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In the bridge I would go with a Full Shred or Invader, something that can handle those crazy tunings. The distortion is pretty good but I dont know if its as heavy as you need. Then in the neck you could add a SH-1 '59 PAF or SH-2 Jazz Model. They both have sustain for days in the neck with gain. The Jazz is a little more dynamic and better IMO. Not sure if you use cleans much but I think the Jazz has better cleans too.

What gauge strings are you using?
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:39 PM   #9
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Dimarzio DeActivators should suit your needs.
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In the bridge I would go with a Full Shred or Invader, something that can handle those crazy tunings. The distortion is pretty good but I dont know if its as heavy as you need. Then in the neck you could add a SH-1 '59 PAF or SH-2 Jazz Model. They both have sustain for days in the neck with gain. The Jazz is a little more dynamic and better IMO. Not sure if you use cleans much but I think the Jazz has better cleans too.

What gauge strings are you using?



i am definitely going to play clean. i am currently using a daddario 12-60 but i might change em for a 11-56. i like thinner strings more because it feels alot better when soloing.
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Old 09-14-2012, 12:16 PM   #12
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I have a friend that swears by the Dimarzio crunch lab and liquifire pickups. As a matter of fact he just swapped them out of his Ibanez (it had EMG's in it).
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Old 09-16-2012, 02:47 AM   #13
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The new EMG JH set is absolutely phenominal for metal. Hell, I even use them to play Dethklok and I'm extremely satisfied with the overall tone I get.
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