#1
I am looking for some really good pickups for technical death metal such as Necrophagist ,Nile,Suffocation, etc.

But also I like to play Melodic Death Metal such as Arch Enemy

My friend recommended some Seymour Duncans.

What are some others, if not the best? Price is irrelevant.
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#2
Duncan,Dimarzio,EMG,BKP's,and the swineshead venom models are worth looking into.They all have different quirks and so on,so do some research after you decide if you want active or passive pups.

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#3
Honestly, probably the hottest wound pickups you can find. Although I am not a huge fan of them, some active EMG's will get you what you are looking for. The standard combo: 81 in the bridge, 85 in the neck
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#4
What are you looking for? More output, more highs, mids or bass?
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#5
Duncans are overrated to me, but at the same time are a pretty good option as they provide a good tone at a less than boutique price. Mike from Arch Enemy uses a JB, Karl from Nile uses an Invader

Dimarzio's are more shred oriented so might be a good shout for you, they don't really make a vintage-y pickup aside from the PAF copies and they come recommended. Maybe a D Sonic (Dream Theater) or X2N (Death). Terrance from Suffocation uses a DiMarzio of some persuasion

EMG's are active. Very solid high output distorted tone, very brittle clean tone with a lot of treble and little warmth. Amp and guitar won't really change the tone so expect a very generic modern metal tone. I don't recommend actives but many swear by them. 81 and 85 or 60 are pretty traditional (Machine Head are the best example IMO of GOOD EMG tone, but Metallica made them famous). Mohammed from Necro uses 707's I think

Bare Knuckle's have been my only foray into boutique pickups, and IMO they are unbeatable. Their high gain models still sound pristine on clean, and each note springs from the guitar with a clarity I've never heard, but one that still doesn't become cutting or brittle like the EMG's. For tech death look into the Painkiller or the Warpig (their highest output pickup). BKP's would be my personal choice
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#6
Assuming you use a high gain amp, a moderate output, bright, lead-y pickup would be magnificient for you.

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Assuming you use a high gain amp, a moderate output, bright, lead-y pickup would be magnificient for you.

A.k.a. a Bare Knuckle, a DiMarzio PAF, or a Duncan JB (best choice, imo).


The D-sonic is worth mentioning as well.It has great attack,note definition,and doesn't get muddy with low tunings.

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#10
I do play lead guitar so every note that I play should ring and not come out muted. Now I looked at the videos of the Duncan Invaders, and it sounded really good on the rhythm but when they started playing arpeggios and solos, it sounded kind of muddy and muted.

So I am looking for that perfect tone where when I play leads, it trumps and every single note is heard in perfect definition but sometimes I do play Rhythm so when I play rhythm, it has some power and crunch to it.

But mostly it's for the leads so I guess I would be looking for a good mid-high ranghe pickup with good output.

But I am an idiot and not very good with pickups so I am asking knowledgeable people such as yourselves. What do you think?


Oh yes and I am still searching for some stuff on the Warpigs but if they do have the highest output, wouldn't that mean it comes with a lot of humming and whitenoise? Cause that is something I definitely want to avoid.
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#11
I will also suggest the D-sonic. Has loads of clarity through distortion and low tunings. I know the guitarist from necrophagist uses the Dimarzio D-activators.. maybe worth looking into.
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From Seymour Duncan, I'd say a Duncan distortion or a Duncan Custom, or an Invader.

Dimarzio, I'd say a D-Sonic, an X2n, or a Super 3.
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