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Old 11-11-2012, 03:35 PM   #1
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Which pair of SD Humbuckers for my new guitar?

I asked about the JB and Jazz set on another thread but it doesn't sound like the JB meets my needs. We I want clarity and crunch on overdrive, but I need lovely cleans like Tom Delonge has on his Angels and Airwaves stuff, or like the lead guitar on U2's Where The Streets Have No Name.

I plan on using DiMarzios in another project so want to go SD in this one. Can anyone recommend a set that will do as I want? Don't tell me to buy a new amp, that's already in the pipeline!
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:22 PM   #2
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normally lower output means clarity

i know you said no dimarzios, but paf pros are pretty much the definition of clear. that being said- they may be too modern-sounding for what you want.

pair of 59s? only tried it in the neck, though.
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:38 PM   #3
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We need to know what guitar they're going into.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:44 PM   #4
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Personally, I'd go with Lace Alumitones, based on what you're describing.

Or maybe some Railhammer HyperVintage or Chisels.
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:11 PM   #5
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dimarzio crunchlab and liquifire combo would be good for crunch and clarity, they are used by periphery alot, they have a really crunchy mid gain sound and its really clear
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:27 PM   #6
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Going into an Ibanez SZ520. Set neck, mahogany, hard tail. It arrives tomorrow :-)
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:41 PM   #7
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Hm...

For the bridge, check out the '59 Custom Hybrid.

For the neck, check out the Pearly Gates.
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:56 PM   #8
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Hm...

For the bridge, check out the '59 Custom Hybrid.

For the neck, check out the Pearly Gates.


What's the difference between the SH-16 and TB-16 59 Custom Hybrids?
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:18 PM   #9
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SH is normal spaced, TB stands for Trembucker, or "F spaced", as DiMarzio calls it. It has to do with the pole spacing of the pickup, and the string spacing on your guitar.

Originally, years and years ago it had to do with F spaced pups going into guitars with trems (Fenders), and normal spaced going into guitars with fixed bridges (Gibsons), but that distinction really doesn't exist anymore as there are so many different kinds of guitars and bridges.

Now, I'm not sure on the exact measurements, so hopefully someone can confirm or deny this, but for normal spacing I think that from 1st to 6th string is 50mm and F spacing is 52mm (measure from the middle of your 1st string to the middle of your 6th string.

Also not sure if this is true or not, but I believe that all neck position pickups are normal spaced. It's only the bridge where the spacing significantly differs.
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:12 AM   #10
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I'll measure the span of the strings then. Had a listen to the 59 Hybrid on YouTube, sounds very good actually.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:36 PM   #11
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SD Seth Lovers are, in my opinion, some of the best sounding pickups around. They're super vintagey sounding, but they should be able to conjure up enough dirt for what you're trying to do. Also, they're not wax potted, which I think sounds better, but can be slightly noisy at times, although not as much as single coils.
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