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Old 06-19-2014, 02:25 PM   #1
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Recommend me pickups

I started to build a RG-type guitar and so far I have:
- Basswood body w/ flame maple top, HSH routs
- Maple neck w/ birdseye maple fingerboard
- FR style locking trem
- 500k pots, 5 way switch
- pretty much all the hardware

But I'm still not sure what PUs to buy. I'm leaning towards a combination of the Dimarzio Tone Zone, Air Norton and probably a Red Velvet Single Coil for the middle. Yet I'm not 100% sure. It's just a combination that they put in many Ibanez Prestige models. So it seems to work. But what else is there? Recommendations? Reconsiderations? Experience with these particular PUs? Am I missing something?
My playing style varies from Rock/Hardrock (Rush, Deep Purple) to Progressive Rock/Metal (Haken, The Aristocrats, Porcupine Tree) to Thrash Metal (Anthrax, Megadeth) to Jazz/Fusion (John Scofield, Joe Pass). Of course it's impossible for one guitar to cover all of that perfectly, I just want to show that I need something quite versatile. But mainly it's supposed to rock.
Budget: about 200-250 Euros for all 3 PUs combined.
Location: Germany, about half hour away from Thomann

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Old 06-19-2014, 03:11 PM   #2
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the tone zone's pretty versatile but it's also pretty dark-sounding, and is arguably a better lead pickup than rhythm. for what you want, i'm not sure... you could do worse than a TZ but I reckon you could maybe do better, too.
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Old 06-20-2014, 10:18 PM   #3
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I'm running a crunchlab in the bridge, liquifire in the neck, stock single in the middle on an 87' RG550. Sounds delightful thru my single rec, and JCM900.
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Old 06-22-2014, 07:42 AM   #4
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Yeah, I've been thinking about them as well but I'm afraid that they might be too much "metal" and not clean up nicely. Am I wrong? How well do they handle cleans?
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