#1
My guitar is a Brazen Fantasy Deluxe.
-Swamp Ash body
-5pc maple/rosewood neck
-Flame maple fingerboard
-Push-pull pot integrated in the master tone dial to split the pickups.

That said, this is what I want:
-On the gain side I want something that's good for general rock, hard rock, alt, and classic metal.
-I want the neck to be as creamy as possible.
-For the bridge and mix positions with split coil, I want a nice sparkly, jangly, acoustic sound.

Any suggestions that can be purchased from Guitar Center? I was looking into Bare Knuckles, but would also like to hear about some cheaper options, like Seymour Duncan and DiMarzio... preferably models that fit without extra routing: picture.
Last edited by G.9 at Jul 10, 2009,
#3
Blackouts? I have them in my Explorer and I can get almost all sounds out of them! Even singlecoil-esque bluesy sound and cristal clear clean tones, but I mainly use 'em for the nice high gain metal sound!


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#4
Well, I'd prefer passives for a simpler, less costly installation.

Also, this is for my softer musical side. For metal I've got a S7320 loaded with two Bare Knuckle Painkillers.

I emailed Seymour Duncan and they suggested Custom Custom in the bridge and APH-1 in the neck. Anyone second?
#5
BKs get my vote. Definately get over on their forums and ask about.

But otherwise, what SD recommended sounds good, otherwise maybe a classic JB/59 combo?
#6
I already did. They suggested Crawlers or Abraxas sets. But that'll put me back $340 (covered calibrated) for a $645 guitar, whereas a SD or Dimarzio set will be a third of that price. I'll have to get a quote from this particular US dealer I buy from, but based upon the BK website...

So... anyone second the JBBridge/59 neck over the Custom Custom bridge/APH-1 neck?
#7
Its pricey, but Seymour Duncan Custom Shop '78 model. I got one, best pup I've ever heard.
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#8
Quote by DSOTM80
Its pricey, but Seymour Duncan Custom Shop '78 model. I got one, best pup I've ever heard.

Calibrated set is $300, right? If I'm going to shell out that kind of money, I'd rather go for Bare Knuckles.
#9
well a prs dragon II (neck) is a very creamy sounding neck pickup. the santana model is similar but with less output. its almost too fat for me but that isnt a problem with coil split. as for a bridge pickup, something like a dimarzio tone zone or norton might be a good bet.
#10
Quote by G.9
Calibrated set is $300, right? If I'm going to shell out that kind of money, I'd rather go for Bare Knuckles.


Why would you need a calibrated set first of all? Get it for the bridge and combine it with something else and why would you think Bareknuckle pups are better? Just saying. Its a Custom Shop pup, build to order by the Maricela Juarez.
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#11
Quote by DSOTM80
Why would you need a calibrated set first of all? Get it for the bridge and combine it with something else and why would you think Bareknuckle pups are better? Just saying. Its a Custom Shop pup, build to order by the Maricela Juarez.

You hadn't suggested a neck, so I just made a rash assumption.

You know what they say about hype, but it does count for something. When it comes to boutique/customs, BK's have a pretty loud fanbase. When I asked down at sevenstring.org for pup suggestions for my S7320, I can't remember anyone suggesting a SD. Obviously, this is just one community I'm talking here, and I myself don't have too much experience. BK's are also all made to order.
#12
go do the dimarzio pickup finder?
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