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Old 05-26-2007, 01:54 AM   #1
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Best pickups for metal?

I have graduated from the upper beginners level to the lower intermediate level in my guitar playing recently, and I should be getting my 2nd electric guitar soon. I was looking on a website at various schecter guitars (which are my favorite brand) and I noticed two of which I really liked. One contained EMG pickups, and another had Duncan pickups, both of which I found out were good for metal (my favorite type of music.)

What do you guys think would be better out of these two, or better THAN these two?
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Old 05-26-2007, 02:12 AM   #2
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Those are the top of the line... And are good for metal....
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Old 05-26-2007, 02:17 AM   #3
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Old 05-26-2007, 02:18 AM   #4
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DiMarzio's>Everything else. X2N, Evolutions, D Sonic, Breed, Evo 2...
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Old 05-26-2007, 02:18 AM   #5
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Either one, some people like the sound of EMGs and some like the sound of Duncans, or both, like me. Just go play them, no one can tell you which one is better, you have to hear them to be able to tell which one you like better if you've never used a guitar with either pickups. Now I can tell you, if the EMGs are passive, the Duncans WILL be better.
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Old 05-26-2007, 02:25 AM   #6
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^Definitely. Active EMG's will be great for metal—if they're your "thing," that is. Some like 'em..some don't. You HAVE to try them. If you're buying them after market, make sure you play a guitar with essentially the same specs as yours, i.e., wood, ect ect.

Passive EMG's blow. That's all there is to it. (Obviously, that's just my opinion. I'm just never been a fan. To each his or her own.)
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Either one, some people like the sound of EMGs and some like the sound of Duncans, or both, like me. Just go play them, no one can tell you which one is better, you have to hear them to be able to tell which one you like better if you've never used a guitar with either pickups. Now I can tell you, if the EMGs are passive, the Duncans WILL be better.


So that's what it meant when it said it had active EMG pickups....I was wondering about that.
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Old 05-26-2007, 02:31 AM   #8
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Yes, active EMGs are good for metal, but passive are very muddy sounding compared to other pickups in their price range. If you want versatility, I'd go with the Duncans, they will be able to play more styles of music better if you decide to change your likings in music. But I still say try them before you buy it, it will help you decide whether you like the EMG sound or not.
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Old 05-26-2007, 02:31 AM   #9
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i'd honestly go for the duncan's dude but thats just my opinion they give alot thicker tone and can probably go a little bassier in sound than the other but who knows
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Old 05-26-2007, 02:34 AM   #10
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As a Schecter man myself, I firstly want to say, "Good choice!"

I'm currently using a Schecter S-1 Elite, and I love it to death. The Duncans in it rock so much. Great for metal and has a great clean sound too. Which guitars in particular are you looking at? I've played a lottt of Schecter and can give you my personal opinion, but as most have said, in the end, it comes down to personal taste.
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Old 05-26-2007, 02:41 AM   #11
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Well, if you want to play actual metal, the answer is DiMarzio. EMGs and Seymour Duncans both suck, but they're good if you're into playing ****ty music.
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If you are into more of a Killswitch Engage type of metal, then I would go for the seymour ducans. But, if you like more of an Ozzy Osbourne or Black Label Society type of metal then I would get the EMG's. My personally opinion, find a lower priced guitar that feels good to you and then take out the pickups and put in some that would like. Also, put in an S-1 switch. You wont regret it.
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Well, if you want to play actual metal, the answer is DiMarzio. EMGs and Seymour Duncans both suck, but they're good if you're into playing ****ty music.

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Thanks. I was gonna put up a nomination, but I guess I'll just second yours.
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Old 05-26-2007, 03:34 AM   #15
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Both are good. Try and em and see which you like best.
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Bareknuckles anyone? if money isnt an issue though.
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If you are into more of a Killswitch Engage type of metal, then I would go for the seymour ducans. But, if you like more of an Ozzy Osbourne or Black Label Society type of metal then I would get the EMG's. My personally opinion, find a lower priced guitar that feels good to you and then take out the pickups and put in some that would like. Also, put in an S-1 switch. You wont regret it.


Don't Killswitch Engage use EMGs???

They used to at least...
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Old 05-26-2007, 04:34 PM   #18
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Hm, I would jump all over some Seymoure Duncans... question, are they true Seymoures (or however you should spell it) or Duncan design... either are good IMO, but hey, sometimes its fun to split hairs, but like a bunch have people have been saying, play a bunch if different guitars, and see what suits you best.
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Old 05-26-2007, 04:52 PM   #19
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if you have the money, bareknuckle pickups are f*cking amazing. however, if you don't have ungodly amounts of money to throw around, i'd recommend bill lawrence pickups. those are what i have, and i've never been disappointed
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Old 05-26-2007, 04:58 PM   #20
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well I play metal and I got a set of Emg's and a RG1570 with a duncan custom in the bridge.

The duncan is godly for metallica/megadeth/death ... 80's metal in general.

I mostly use the emg's for the more modern metal sound like machine head, kse , pantera , trivium , ...
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