#1
So, I have an Epi LP. Stock. As we all know, Epi Alnico classics are kinda muddy. They definitely aren't good for anything. I want to be able to do: metal in the vein of Metallica to Machine Head, but I need a set of pickups that can do passable, if not good, cleans, and reasonable hard rock (think AC/DC) tones.
I was thinking either:
Duncan Distortion/'59
Duncan Distortion/Jazz
Duncan Blackouts
Dimarzio Super Distortion/Paf Pro
Duncan Distortion/Dimarzio PAF Pro.

Amp is a Vypyr 75. No, don't be an ass and recommend a new amp. I like it.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400 with Gotoh GE1996T (EMG 85/60)
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
Ibanez RG3120 Prestige (Dimarzio Titans)
Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz V
Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
Last edited by oneblackened at Mar 10, 2009,
#2
if you want something thats gainy and not grainy, punchy and clear, and just have a really nice searing tone check out lace sensors.

the one im talking about in particular is the Dually red and white.
#3
Im thinking: ask courduroyEW what he can do for you

Can't help you on the other stuff though, I gave up being ahead of all the pickups out there some time ago

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#4
Hehe, I would you know? but they're a gift, and $200 is the limit.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400 with Gotoh GE1996T (EMG 85/60)
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
Ibanez RG3120 Prestige (Dimarzio Titans)
Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz V
Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#5
Duncan Duckbuckers or Duncan Hot Rails
Main Setup:
Charvel So-Cal

Dunlop Volume
Digitech Tuner
Custom Compressor
VFE Blues King
Ibanez TS9 30th Anniv
Boss DD20
Boss NS2
MXR 10 Band EQ
Hardwire Supernatural
Loop-Master 2 Channel Looper

Mesa Single Rec
#6
i think a super distortion in the neck and a duncan blackout in the bridge
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#7
Not too keen on mixing active/passive.

Quote by eteam_sammy4him
Duncan Duckbuckers or Duncan Hot Rails

I don't have a strat... It's a Les Paul.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400 with Gotoh GE1996T (EMG 85/60)
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
Ibanez RG3120 Prestige (Dimarzio Titans)
Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz V
Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#8
Quote by BlackDog55
i think a super distortion in the neck and a duncan blackout in the bridge


good one

sh6 bridge/59 neck would be the way i'd go.
i used to be a mod, then i took an arrow in the knee.
#10
Quote by oneblackened
Not too keen on mixing active/passive.


I don't have a strat... It's a Les Paul.


Yea, sorry, that totally slippend my mind. My bad.

I've played a guitar with BLACKOUTS in it and those sound beautiful, i'd go with those.

Again, sorry bout the mistake.
Main Setup:
Charvel So-Cal

Dunlop Volume
Digitech Tuner
Custom Compressor
VFE Blues King
Ibanez TS9 30th Anniv
Boss DD20
Boss NS2
MXR 10 Band EQ
Hardwire Supernatural
Loop-Master 2 Channel Looper

Mesa Single Rec
#11
emg actives dude, 81/60 is my choice
i get mine for about 250 a set and i dont care what anyone says they sound great to me and pretty much all my influences use em
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Gear:
Esp Ltd KH-603, Schecter c-1+ and Epiphone Les Pauls
Carvin amps, Sperzel Trim-Lok, Emg active pickups only, Tonepros bridges.
#12
Well, EMG's aren't my cup of tea... I don't like their tone much. My limit is $200, no higher.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400 with Gotoh GE1996T (EMG 85/60)
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
Ibanez RG3120 Prestige (Dimarzio Titans)
Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz V
Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#13
Quote by BlackDog55
i think a super distortion in the neck and a duncan blackout in the bridge


are you just throwing suggestions around? I am sure you have no clue what is going on here. Not trying to be rude, but seriously if you don't have any real knowledge what is the point of giving an answer.

personally I'd go for

bridge pup - Dimarzio Norton (this pup just screams in les paul type guitars.)
neck pup - Dimarzio PAF Pro
My Gear
Guitars:
-Gibson Les Paul Studio
-Ibanez "lawsuit" Les Paul
-Ibanez S470
-PRS SE Custom

Amp:
Marshall TSL100
Marshall 1960a cab

Effects:
Dunlop 535q wah
Visual Sound Liquid Chorus

Pickups:
Guitarforce
MHD
#14
Quote by JLT73
are you just throwing suggestions around? I am sure you have no clue what is going on here. Not trying to be rude, but seriously if you don't have any real knowledge what is the point of giving an answer.

personally I'd go for

bridge pup - Dimarzio Norton (this pup just screams in les paul type guitars.)
neck pup - Dimarzio PAF Pro

Hm, never thought of the Norton. You have it in yours? I'm looking for a high output pickup, though. I dunno.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400 with Gotoh GE1996T (EMG 85/60)
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
Ibanez RG3120 Prestige (Dimarzio Titans)
Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz V
Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
Last edited by oneblackened at Mar 10, 2009,
#15
Does each (both neck and bridge) need to be able to do everything perfect?
You could get something hotter like a d-sonic or invader in the bridge, and then a paf pro in the neck for mid/low gain stuff.
#16
Quote by oneblackened
Hm, never thought of the Norton. You have it in yours? I'm looking for a high output pickup, though. I dunno.


it was in my lp. It will return to the lp. I just can't find a pup I like better than the Norton in a LP. It is a medium power pickup that really has some balls to it. Essentially it has the same characteristics of a high power pup
My Gear
Guitars:
-Gibson Les Paul Studio
-Ibanez "lawsuit" Les Paul
-Ibanez S470
-PRS SE Custom

Amp:
Marshall TSL100
Marshall 1960a cab

Effects:
Dunlop 535q wah
Visual Sound Liquid Chorus

Pickups:
Guitarforce
MHD
#17
Well, I suppose what I'm looking at is I want a clear tone, with balls... Hence the ceramic magnet pickups, no Alnico.

Quote by saltysnail
Does each (both neck and bridge) need to be able to do everything perfect?
You could get something hotter like a d-sonic or invader in the bridge, and then a paf pro in the neck for mid/low gain stuff.

No, the bridge can stay as a dirty pickup. The neck HAS to be clean though.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400 with Gotoh GE1996T (EMG 85/60)
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
Ibanez RG3120 Prestige (Dimarzio Titans)
Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz V
Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
Last edited by oneblackened at Mar 10, 2009,
#18
I'd recomend the Dimarzio Super Distortion/PAF Pro combo.
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#19
Now, to figure out the tone of them in reality. I wish Dimarzio had a section like SD has, where the pickups are the only variable. Everything else is controlled, or so duncan says.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400 with Gotoh GE1996T (EMG 85/60)
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
Ibanez RG3120 Prestige (Dimarzio Titans)
Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz V
Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#20
^Every pickup maker has that, they just don't talk about it.
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#21
Quote by CorduroyEW
^Every pickup maker has that, they just don't talk about it.

'Cause if they did people would realise just how horrible the X2N actually is.
Well, it's all subjective, but if they put that kind of thing up they stand to lose money.
#22
Quote by CorduroyEW
I'd recomend the Dimarzio Super Distortion/PAF Pro combo.

TS, I'd listen to this suggestion. That's my advice to you and I seriously mean it.
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#23
Quote by danyellenik
TS, I'd listen to this suggestion. That's my advice to you and I seriously mean it.

Dude, I know, Cord knows his pickups. But, this is a first time installation, and Dimarzio isn't QUITE as good as SD is on wiring diagrams. Then again, I could just paint it over in the right color (MS Paint FTW).
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400 with Gotoh GE1996T (EMG 85/60)
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
Ibanez RG3120 Prestige (Dimarzio Titans)
Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz V
Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#25
Thanks cord! You da man!

EDIT: I like the SD Distortion better, so I'm thinking DD/Paf Pro. I do want the PAF Pro though, I like them. So that means I just need it for the neck pickup.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400 with Gotoh GE1996T (EMG 85/60)
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
Ibanez RG3120 Prestige (Dimarzio Titans)
Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz V
Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
Last edited by oneblackened at Mar 11, 2009,