#1
I was looking to swap out my pickups for a better quality passive dimarzio.

I play mostly metal and hard rock. I like to have heavy rythms but clean leads.

I own an Ibanez rg120 and a Bugera 6262 combo amp.

I have narrowed it down to 4 choices:

1. Dimarzio D Activator X
2. Dimarzio D Sonic
3. Dimarzio Crunch Lab
4. Dimarzio X2N (Not so sure because i heard it was noisy and not very clean for leads)

All of those with an Air Norton neck pickup.

Any info about the differences between these would be great.
#3
I'd go SD, Bare Knuckle, Fralin, etc. over DiMarzios. The last few DiMarzio sets I've seen looked pretty shoddy compared to what they were a few years ago.
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#4
Totally ignore the X2N if you're playing rock. The D Activator and Sonic could do rock, but not as good as other pickups.

I can't tell you about the Crunch Lab.

I suggest the Seymour Duncan JB and 59'. This will suit your styles.
#5
Quote by DIMEBAGLIVEDON
Totally ignore the X2N if you're playing rock. The D Activator and Sonic could do rock, but not as good as other pickups.

I can't tell you about the Crunch Lab.

I suggest the Seymour Duncan JB and 59'. This will suit your styles.


By hard rock I meant like once in a while. I MAINLY play metal. Sure I would like some versatality but I don't want to buy a pickup based only on its "rock" capabilities.
#6
Your sig says it's just an OKAY guitar. Why don't you sell it and buy a guitar you LIKE that already has good pickups?
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#9
the Seymor duncan JB in the bridge and the '59 in the neck is my fav combo

also a Dimarzio PAF Pro or the PAF joe are damn good bridge pickups. both are medium toutput, which i like. using a cheaper high output pickups or alot of high output pickups can cause some noise and feedback
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#10
'Duncan invaders are right up your alley TS.

i used them for a while about 3 months back, but ive since cut down on metal and started a blues journey to i sadly sold them on.

great hi-gain passives.

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#11
Quote by The_Bosstone
No point in putting new pickups in a piece of shit guitar, IMO.

+1

after a few months you will start hating the feel of it and start saving for a newer one, like me
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#12
D-Sonic over D-activators by far, the D-sonic is really versitile, if you want a better shred metal tighter sound for standard tuning metal than install it with the solid bar away from the bridge, if you want more of a chunky drop tuned metal sound install it with the bar close to the bridge.
Sounds great, but I'd say easily take a look at Bareknuckles instead of dimarzio, trust me, I've been through a hell of a lot of dimarzio's within the last few years, last one I had was the D-sonic.
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#13
Quote by WTF!!is a TAB
+1

after a few months you will start hating the feel of it and start saving for a newer one, like me


Probably do that.

Any recommendation?