#1
Hello everyone! I'm new to the forums (not new to Ultimate Guitar though ).

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Well, as the topic title says, this is probably one of the many topics about pickups.


My situation:

I recently started playing the guitar again, after some time off cause of personal issues. I bought an Ibanez RG320PG-P1 and a Roland Cube 30x amp. I don't have any "big" plans with playing the guitar, I just want to play at home to have a good time.

The Ibanez has the INF3/INF4 pickups and I don't think they sound that bad through the Cube, but it could be better of course. That's why I thought about changing the pickups. Now I'm really wondering wich pickups I should get, cause my music preferences variate a lot. I like to play a nice sweet sound steve vai-like solo, or some bluese licks, but I also like to play Death/Trash Metal riffs.

I've spend a lot of time searching on the net, to get an idea about wich pickups would fit me. I was thinking about a Seymour Duncan Blackout, or EMG 81 in the bridge position, to get a nice sound for the Metal riffs. Though, about the EMG 81's: they're active pickups and I read that they don't go well along with a Cube!?... Is that right?
For the neck position, I was thinking about a DiMarzio pickup, but would it be a good combination with the Blackout or EMG?

I would like some information and thoughts, about what would be the best choice in my situation..


Thanks in advance!


MoonTribe.
#2
Quote by MoonTribe

The Ibanez has the INF3/INF4 pickups and I don't think they sound that bad through the Cube, but it could be better of course. That's why I thought about changing the pickups.
With that sort of amp, chaging your pickups won't do a single damn thing. In terms of effecting your guitar tone, amp effects it most, then what wood your guitar is made of and how much wood it's made of, and finally pickups.
This is especially true with a solid state amp like yours. If you change pickups with that amp, you won't notice any difference. So if you want to keep this short and get to the point; don't change pickups, you'll need to change your amp to change your tone.

I've spend a lot of time searching on the net, to get an idea about wich pickups would fit me. I was thinking about a Seymour Duncan Blackout, or EMG 81 in the bridge position, to get a nice sound for the Metal riffs. Though, about the EMG 81's: they're active pickups and I read that they don't go well along with a Cube!?... Is that right?
That's completely right. Active pickups are a specialised type of pickup used for driving already maxed-out tube amplifiers. In other words if you don't have a 50watt or more all-valve amplifier head and cab, active pickups will do nothing for you, and in many cases will just make your tone worse.

For the neck position, I was thinking about a DiMarzio pickup, but would it be a good combination with the Blackout or EMG?
You can't mix passive and active pickups like that without causing a lot of potentially dangerous problems for your amp. There are a few crafty ways to get them to work together but it will still never sound right and it requires some experience to know what you're doing to set this up.
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#3
Thanks a lot for your clear answer MrFibble!


I guess saving up for a new amp would be the best thing to do. Though, it'll be only for playing at home, so I don't know which amp I should get in this situation.

Anyway, thanks again and I will stick with the INF3/INF4 pickups.