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Quote by JustRooster
Throw 'em for a loop and get single coils. Works for Iron Maiden.

so did wearing spandex
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

Quote by dspellman
The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

Output is not the be-all-end all of pickups for getting a high gain tone. The vast majority of gain comes from you amp anyway. All you really need are pickups that have clarity and articulation so they don't become muddy and flat sounding with a lot of pre-amp gain.

So in that case, screw the Invader and the X2N and get the Crunchlab/Liquifire set.
Quote by Axelfox
Please understand how little we as a community care
Thanks for the help guys.
So I've decided to just to get the sd distortion/pearly gates,
But might put the dimarzios in another guitar.
Lookin forward to how each of them sound
Quote by JustRooster
Throw 'em for a loop and get single coils. Works for Iron Maiden.

Maiden didn't use single coils, at least not in the bridge positions of their guitars. They mainly used the DiMarzio Super Distortion and the DiMarzio PAF, if I'm not mistaken. As for now, Adrian Smith still uses the SD, Dave Murray uses Seymour Duncan Hot Rails in all three positions of his strats, and Janick Gers uses a Seymour Duncan JB Jr. in the bridge, a single coil in the middle, and a JB Jr. in the neck if I'm not mistaken.

Hopefully this will help TS with his search if he changes his mind.
Quote by X-plorer88
lets have a bit of fun.

1. Super Distortion
2. Invader
3. Hot Grinder

Or am I totally off? Haha
Spin 'round carousel when your horse isn't screwed in.

My band:
Fractured Instinct
(For fans of Death/Groove/Prog Metal)

Ibanez RGA42E
Ibanez S420
LTD H-301
Ibanez RG520
Peavey Predator USA
Douglas Grendel 725
Line 6 Pod HD500X
Might sound weird, but what about some PRSs? they retail fior around a 100$ on eBay, and they are very versatile. I'd try some SC250....
Quote by Offworld92
1. Super Distortion
2. Invader
3. Hot Grinder

Or am I totally off? Haha

1 out of 3. Thats 33%, you get an F
Ding ding ding.

Thats the point I'm trying to make. It sounds weird (no pun intended) but pickup choice is something you have to "feel" rather than hear. Your audience won't notice, but you'll notice. When you've become so used to something even a small change is very noticeable. I can tell a difference between them when the guitar is in my hands, but when listening to a recording it's MUCH more subtle.
Admittedly that lick and that tone is probably the worst way to compare them, but thats not the point.
Quote by X-plorer88
lets have a bit of fun.

I recorded myself F-ing around in Am in high gain.
One is a Seymour Duncan Invader, another is a Ibanez Hot Grinder, and the 3rd is a Dimarzio Super Distortion. All in the bridge, tone off, same amp and effects, the only difference is the pickups and guitar.

Which is which?

I wanna play too! uhh
1. Hot Grinder
2. Invader
3. Super Distortion
Good ear mate, you got it.

The Invader does stand out a bit. It's a tad more mid/high voiced than the others. It's in a Alder Strat and the other two are in mahogany bodies. So that makes it a little brighter.
Seymour Duncan Invader... the perfect pickup, not too expensive, extremely thick and metal, and very organic sounding...
You hurt my eyes with a reply to a thread almost a year old...
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Girls, stuck for a present? Get your man a remote control helicopter. Guys fucking love remote control helicopters.

Mah gear

Ibanez RG350mdx w/ SD TB-6
Ibanez RG7321 <3
Vyper 15
Ashdown EB 12-180 EVO II Combo

I have the dimarzio D-sonic in the bridge position of the Ibanez I use for metal. It's what Pretucci used before Dimarzio made the Liquifire for him so it's nearly the same pickup. I love it though, very tight and focused sound but it's still responsive to your playing. It really shines with low tunings because of its tightness. I used to play in a technical metal band with really fast "noodley" riffs and it was perfect because even with a cranked 6505 tube amp the riffs were super clear.

EDIT: Ah shit, didn't realize this thread was ancient. And don't get an invader unless your playing 80s metal. It's too muddy to be used with excessive gain.
Last edited by Justin Credible at Feb 8, 2013,
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