#1
I'm thinking of buying an Ibanez RG760 which I've found for a nice price.
However, I've tried a few Ibanez guitars and I'm not really satisfied with the stock pickups.
The guitar has a H/S/S setup.
I'm looking for active pickups (for the bridge atleast!) with a decent clean tone and ofcourse some decent distorted ones.
My playing ranges from 80's metal ( Megadeth, Metallica ) to newer stuff like Trivium, Killswitch Engage and whatnot.
My current amp is an Engl Screamer combo.
Last edited by mitchibanez at Jul 17, 2009,
#2
if you're willing to use the single coils for cleans, the EMG single coils (the vintage ones i think- SA? I can never remember which is which ) have pretty nice cleans. Or you could put the vintage one in the middle position for cleans, and then a hotter single (the S, i guess) for both cleans and leads. Depends on what you generally use each pickup for.

I'm not aware of anyone else doing active single coils (but that's not to say they don't exist).

For the bridge either an 81 or 85 would work if you want to stick with EMGs, the 85 might be a little more versatile with the alnico magnet, but the 81 might do the brootalz thing slightly better.
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#3
I'm not really familiar with single coil pickups, I don't mind if they're passive.
As long as the bridge is active I'm happy, I'm not familiar with mixing passive and active pickups though.
#4
bill lawrence l500xl not active but it doesnt need to be. if you like the pantera sound or early metallica and megadeth this is the pick up to get. bl also makes single coil. then you dont need batteries.
#5
Quote by mitchibanez
I'm not really familiar with single coil pickups, I don't mind if they're passive.
As long as the bridge is active I'm happy, I'm not familiar with mixing passive and active pickups though.


it's more bother to mix them, but you can do it if you really want to. Just it's more awkward, but it can be done. I haven't done it either, i'm sure a quick google would show you what you have to do.
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#6
Yeah, I might just take it to a store and they'll do it properly for me. Not much of a problem really, I'm liking the idea of the Emg's though. I heard some good stuff about Seymour Duncan's and Dimarzio's too, any idea which ones I should be checking out?
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#7
you'd need to narrow it down a bit as to what you want from each pickup...
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#8
Yeah that's obvious, but I don't want to limit myself to one brand at the moment! I'd like to be careful because I'll be using this for a while.
#9
oh no, sorry, i meant which tones you want from each pickup. you shouldn't narrow down the brands at all.
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#10
Well, I'll probably go for the EMG's because it covers most metal sounds really.
Most tone is coming from my amp anyways!
Oh, and thanks for the fast replies!
#11
no worries. if you are going for the EMGs, i reckon either an 81 or 85 in the bridge, SA (assuming that's the vintage one) and either an S or SA in the neck should work, with my previous rough explanations of the differences in those pickups taken into account, depending on what you're after. I could be way off, though, it's a while since I've tried EMGs.
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#13
Why are you so set on active pickups? They're really a specialist tool. Luckily your amp is a decent enough match with them, but just that isn't enough - how you use them, how you use your amp and how you play also factor into it and it might be that you actually have no need for active pickups.

I mean, you have shown you weren't fully aware of the problems of mixing active and passive pickups, which suggests to me that you probably aren't too familiar with the technical aspects of active pickups or why and how they should be used to begin with. That heavily suggests that active pickups actually would not be good for you.
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#14
In some way I guess you are right, I do know that I'm inexperienced with guitar electronics as I've never had to deal with them.
However I did do some research on the difference between actives and passives and I've already got three guitars with passive pickups and I am looking for a change in tone.
I am not ignoring your advice, I find it very helpful.
My thoughs where, that playing with active pickups would actually help me with my playing and properly EQ'ing my amp. Excuse me if I'm wrong.
#15
I would put a SD blackout in the bridge and use emg single actives in the mid and neck. to play the stuff you want to play I would recommend a guitar that is H-H with the neck being a split coil, or maybe a H-S-H guitar. but to me my guitars with blackouts sound wayyyy better than my guitars with EMG's w/ the 18v mod.
#17
Blackouts are really nice.
I've already got a guitar with an H/S/H setup, but I'd prefer to mod this one because it's quality is much better.
#18
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if you're willing to use the single coils for cleans, the EMG single coils (the vintage ones i think- SA? I can never remember which is which ) have pretty nice cleans. Or you could put the vintage one in the middle position for cleans, and then a hotter single (the S, i guess) for both cleans and leads. Depends on what you generally use each pickup for.

I'm not aware of anyone else doing active single coils (but that's not to say they don't exist).

For the bridge either an 81 or 85 would work if you want to stick with EMGs, the 85 might be a little more versatile with the alnico magnet, but the 81 might do the brootalz thing slightly better.

From memory the SV is the vintage one; the SA and S are basically the same but SA is alnico and S is ceramic... But it's been years since I've looked at what EMG's been doing so I could be miles off the mark.

I never really recommend actives beause I don't really see the point. If you want higher output I think a clean boost is a better investment. Or even using passives with a preamp; you can always switch back to the "passive" sound when needed as well.


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#19
ah, maybe that's it (regarding the emgs). I can never remember.

I'd agree regarding the actives versus passives, you do have more options with passives unless you're certain that actives are what you want.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#20
Thanks guys, the only option that I've got is to just go out and try different pickups and see which ones I prefer.
#21
yep. and if you can, try some passive pickups with a clean boost or overdrive set with the gain low and level high to see how they compare to actives (just stealing lewis' advice ).
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