#1
I use Ibanez RG 370DX with inf3 and inf4 pickups and i want to change my pick ups ...

I need a versatile pick up as i am more into progressive metal where i need both heavy chunky riffs and also nice smooth clean tone.. i have to play a very wide range of things..So

1. What bridge pickup and neck pick up do u suggest ?

There is a single coil in the middle..

2. What will happen if i don't change the mid pick up? How much difference is there in CHANGING and NOT CHANGING the mid pick up ..?

3. If i change the middle pick up.. what do u suggest for it ?
#2
What amp are you running right now?
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What amp are you running right now?


I use Multi fx unit POD X3 live through studio monitors in home coz i don have my own amp but while recording im going to use Mesa boogie DUAL Rectifier..
Last edited by Rangonsp at Jan 6, 2013,
#4
I also use some RG's with a Dual Rec (your "amp" really covers up any pickup- don't use the POD as your reference), and I agree that the INF's aren't great. One of my RG's runs the Dimarzio Petrucci set (liquifire and crunchlab) and the other runs an Air Norton S and a D'activator in the bridge.

The petrucci set is excellent all around- it handles metal really well, but it also has very good sounds for most other styles. It is, however, a little bit of a funny set in that the bridge pickup has very little bass while the neck is very warm sounding. It works well if you like really tight sounding rhythm work, but it isn't great for heavy chugging. The liquifire is probably my favorite neck pickup.

The Air Norton/D'activator (air norton in mine is an S, but the humbucker doesn't sound very different) is a surprisingly good pair. the D'activator is super tight, but has a fuller bottom end than the Crunchlab- it's also quite hot. The air norton is warm and fluid, but it produces awesome clean tones.

as for your middle pickup, it really depends on how much you use it. If you never use it- leave it alone. I rarely use mine, so I've just left it and it doesn't really get in the way. It still sounds good when I use positions 2 and 4, but the single-coil alone is a little too weak. If you use it a lot, you could either consider a better single-coil or a stacked humbucker.
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I also use some RG's with a Dual Rec (your "amp" really covers up any pickup- don't use the POD as your reference), and I agree that the INF's aren't great. One of my RG's runs the Dimarzio Petrucci set (liquifire and crunchlab) and the other runs an Air Norton S and a D'activator in the bridge.

The petrucci set is excellent all around- it handles metal really well, but it also has very good sounds for most other styles. It is, however, a little bit of a funny set in that the bridge pickup has very little bass while the neck is very warm sounding. It works well if you like really tight sounding rhythm work, but it isn't great for heavy chugging. The liquifire is probably my favorite neck pickup.

The Air Norton/D'activator (air norton in mine is an S, but the humbucker doesn't sound very different) is a surprisingly good pair. the D'activator is super tight, but has a fuller bottom end than the Crunchlab- it's also quite hot. The air norton is warm and fluid, but it produces awesome clean tones.

as for your middle pickup, it really depends on how much you use it. If you never use it- leave it alone. I rarely use mine, so I've just left it and it doesn't really get in the way. It still sounds good when I use positions 2 and 4, but the single-coil alone is a little too weak. If you use it a lot, you could either consider a better single-coil or a stacked humbucker.


Wow! i like your set up .. Well that helped me a lot. Now i use position 2 a lot and sometimes position 4 also for clean tones and i never use the exact middle position...Now can u tell me about how does it sound when u use position 2 & 4. i mean do u face any prob r its totally ok with u. In my band often comes some part where i have to use very clean sound very acoustic like, as i don have musicman that piezo pickup so i cant get that kind of clean output but how much closer can i get to that ?

I have already decided. I m going for D activator(bridge), Liquifire(neck)... And wat u tell about the mid one, would it be okay if i keep it .. ? or i'll look for some ?
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there won't be any problems if you don't change it but if you use it (including the in-between settings) it'll probably sound better if you change it, kind of thing.
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#7
EMG SC1 SRO for the middle. It's a good mix of vintage and modern tones without being too snarly. It'll give you the ability to switch to some more Fender sounds if you wanted to, seeing as how you're going more for versatility, but still afford you the space that singles need for that Prog sound. It'll pair really well if you blend it for a clean sound, I'd imagine.


I normally don't go hunting for mids for people, haha. I'm better at finding neck and bridges for singles. I played this as part of a set in a Carvin HSH a while back, and found myself using the Mid position the most. So I dig this pup.
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Wow! i like your set up .. Well that helped me a lot. Now i use position 2 a lot and sometimes position 4 also for clean tones and i never use the exact middle position...Now can u tell me about how does it sound when u use position 2 & 4. i mean do u face any prob r its totally ok with u. In my band often comes some part where i have to use very clean sound very acoustic like, as i don have musicman that piezo pickup so i cant get that kind of clean output but how much closer can i get to that ?

I have already decided. I m going for D activator(bridge), Liquifire(neck)... And wat u tell about the mid one, would it be okay if i keep it .. ? or i'll look for some ?


the 2 and 4 are fine. I find them a little too honky, but they're more than okay. Definitely for the more acoustic stuff the 4 is a pretty decent way to go. the 2 might be a little too bright unless you have another guitarist in the band though.
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