#1
ok so i use this guitar, an ibanez szr720 http://www.ibanez.com/ElectricGuitars/model-SZR720
and i was wondering if i should buy EMGs to put in it keep the stock pickups, does anyone else have experience with this guitar? and the stock pickups seem to be a bit muddy...basically im trying to see if its just me or if i should invest in EMG pickups. is it hard to install them?
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#3
Right now i have a SPider Valve 212
My budget is almost a grand, i want to either get new pickups and maybe a new head, or all new guitar (hellraiser)
Well i play flamenco to jazz to metal to all out shredding kinda stuff haha
nothing really, all i have is a harmony man and a decimator which isnt even an effect
sound, LOG/mastadon tones...i like to chug a chug everyonce and awhile and then back the gain off alot too
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#4
Okay. That is the type of information you need to give when posting in this forum.

Check out the FAQ for more ways to help others understand what you're looking for.

Sorry, I can't help you on this front though. Good luck.
#6
Ibanez's stock pickups are inheriently muddy.

Right now it seems you can't decide what you want to do.

What are you looking for? The guitar, amp and pickups all impact your tone.

Personally, if you like the Spider Valve, I recommend you use some of that money to install the SVPre mod and change the speakers to Celestion G12K100. The speaker will make allow the Spider Valve to handle the high gain amp models better... very much better.

If you don't like the SV, I recommend selling it off and getting a Vetta if you're still keen on modellers. If not, get a versatile amp, maybe something like a Mesa Mark IV?

If you want a new guitar... well I can't help there.

If you like your gutiar and really just want better pickups, I recommend you look at Bare Knuckle pickups since you have money to burn. www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk
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#7
ha im not trying to spend an assload of money if i dont need too
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#8
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ha im not trying to spend an assload of money if i dont need too


OK, but you're still gonna need to identify what it is about your rig you want to adjust.

I'd not recommend EMGs if you are using modellers or solidstates.

If you want pickups, go for passives. If you want a unique pickup, try for boutique or handwound or scatterwound pickups.
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#9
i want to adjust in the most efficient cost way...thats why im thinking of buying EMGs cause my stock pickups are kinda of muddy
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#10
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i want to adjust in the most efficient cost way...thats why im thinking of buying EMGs cause my stock pickups are kinda of muddy


Just because your tone is muddy doesn't mean you change your pickups.

Muddiness can also arise from EQ'ing. Have you played extensively with the SV's EQ and controls?

For a solidstate or a modeller, using actives really doesn't help. Actives were designed to push more signal so tube will clip earlier. Yes actives work for solidstates and modellers as well, but they do little to improve the tone. Also, try a speaker swap. Sometimes that helps.

If I were you, I'd look at passive pickups. Again, first thing first, you need to decide what to change.

Telling me that you want a cost effective way of changing your tone isn't telling me much. If you want an amp swap, I have suggestions. If you want pickup swaps, I also have suggestions. However telling me that you want the most cost effective manner of changing your tone leaves me with no guidance to start from.

If you want the most impact to your tone: change your amp. However, as you did not mention what you are unhappy with, I can't suggest any amps.
If you want the cheapest upgrade: change your pickup. However, I would recommend passive pickups over actives.

If you cannot tell yourself exactly how you want your rig to benefit from having active pickups, I would recommend you do not change to EMG. A UGer has mentioned that EMGs are a very specialised tool, designed to perform a specialised function.

EMGs are designed to push an amp harder than it was designed to go, without introducing background fuzz, hiss, hum and mud. If you have not cranked your master volume, channel volume and / or gain to levels where they are mudding up your signal, you do not need EMGs and you will benefit more from using passives.

Also, there are passives which are significantly better than EMGs in terms of gain level, sonic clarity and silent operation. Therefore if you want hum free and clear tone, EMGs are not the only way to go.
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