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Old 12-05-2013, 02:58 AM   #1
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Neck pickup to compliment Crunch Lab

Hey guys, so I'm looking to replace the stock Ibanez pickup in the neck position of my RG1570. I have a Crunch Lab in the bridge right now and I'm looking for something that's clearer and more articulate than my neck pickup. The one there now is too dull and muddy and doesn't really have much character at all. I'm looking for something that's a bit more articulate for lead stuff on a distorted channel while still being smooth and not harsh like some neck pickups can be (I want to avoid the ice pick sound). More importantly though, I also would like it to be warm for clean work and chords which, realistically, is going to be what I mainly use it for. Most of it's use will be with mellow chords and smooth bluesy/jazzy lead work that will accompany it. I've been really tempted to just grab a Liquifire because I know how well it pairs with the Crunch Lab for high gain lead stuff, but I'm worried it will be much too harsh for the smoother stuff I'm mainly going to be using my neck pickup for. Likewise, I was worried about just picking a neck pickup I knew was good for those tones and throwing it into my Crunch Lab loaded RG and throwing it all out of balance output/volume wise. I would love a good mix between excellent high gain leads and smooth chordal tones, but realistically, the latter is much more important to me. Also, I would like to stick with DiMarzio as my CL is blue and I want to match it. My gear is a boosted 5150 for the high gain stuff and I use an AxeFx Ultra when I can for the cleans, though I've got a rather nice clean tone from my 5150/pedal setup, so a pickup that can emphasize a smoother clean tone through that would be phenomenal.

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Old 12-05-2013, 03:19 AM   #2
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Liquifire no brainer. It's in the name. "liquid" fire. It's really smooth/creamy (for a relatively high gain neck pup anyway).

I'm not a fan of the Crunch Lab but the Liquifire is great. Great under overdrive, great cleans.
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Old 12-05-2013, 04:17 AM   #3
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^ Agreed

This is an absolute no brainer.
There is nothing harsh about the Liquifire. It's easily my favourite neck pickup. I got it in my RGA 6 string, RGD 7 string and my Les Paul and it's amazing in all of them. Super smooth and the cleans are amazingly good.
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:42 AM   #4
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I love the liquifire, acually I like it so much that I think I need a better bridge pick up than the Crunch lab. Any way, If you want other options the Air Norton is also an amazing PU. If you happen to want something sweet on the neck get an Air Classic Bridge, It will a little bit quieter but, for satan's sake, it sings!
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Old 12-05-2013, 02:54 PM   #5
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Haha wow alright. Liquifire it is! I was worried it'd be a little too hot for cleans, but I'll give it a shot.
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Old 12-05-2013, 04:50 PM   #6
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Air Norton could be an alternative too.
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:03 PM   #7
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Isn't the Air Norton basically what the liquifire was going for, just less... noodly? A little more focused I suppose.

I think I would rather have an Air Norton but this is all just theoretical.

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Old 12-06-2013, 02:24 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by cGoEcYk
Air Norton could be an alternative too.


i have tonzone/air norton in an ibanez 3550MZ (which is stock)
also a crunchlab/liquifire in a 2570EVSL (which i installed)
i have a 1570 as well, but am not sure what i want yet.

honestly for distorted leads, the liquifire is so much more smooth liquid and sweet, clean is better too. the air norton is very good at more aggressive leads and has more bold flavor than the LQ, some may like it more, the leads are a little more pronounced and not as sweet.

if you are using this for jazz, i would highly recommend the liquifire for that. and more in general, however the air norton is a good pickup and it just has its different place.

go liquifre.
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:38 AM   #9
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^ +11111
I also have an Air Norton in an RG (mahogany body) and Liquifire in an RGA (also mahogany) and that description of the difference between them is spot on.
That said, I do love both of them, but they sound very different.
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:53 PM   #10
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I'm probably gonna go with the Liquifire then. It's gonna be for more bluesy stuff and mellow chord voicings (a la Porcupine Tree or Opeth) to complement harsher lead stuff in tracks, so that definitely sounds like something I'd want. The smoother the better, and it sounds like the Liquifire is smoother than the Air Norton for that purpose.
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