#1
So i have 1999 LTD M-350, which is a HSH, All Mahogany (body and neck), Neck Thru.
Back in the day it was basically the 400 model with EMG HZ's pickups instead of 'real' EMG's.

So im doing an upgrade because the pickups are old and the HZ's kinda suck (even when new)

So ive got a Krank Rev Pro Jr 20 and im looking for a good 80's shred/thrash pickup for my guitar.

I realize that most of my fav shredders (Gilbert, Buckethead, Vai) us dimarzios so i tried some guitars with them and i liked the sound (through my Krank & cab). I realized tho that most of those guitars were alder/american basswood/swamp ash, which are lighter in tone then mahogany.

Would an X2N or an Evolution sound good in a mahogany guitar? seeing as my Krank is pretty high gain would it be better to go say a Tone Zone and Air Norton?

PS...I dont want actives, im not a big fan
#2
tone zone and air norton are great pickups. consider a d sonic or a crunch lab for the bridge too.

i cant really give you much on the x2n or evo though sry
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yeah i looked at the d-sonic but that is more for down tunings and i dont really do that on this guitar as its got a floyd, i have another git for down tuned stuff
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yeah i looked at the d-sonic but that is more for down tunings and i dont really do that on this guitar as its got a floyd, i have another git for down tuned stuff


I play in standard and drop d and use the d sonic and its sounds great
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Dude you have a Mahogany guitar, so don't get bassy pickups. It'll sound waaaayyy to boomy and flubby.
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#7
Tone zone's not all that great and would be kind of muddy in mahogany - you probably want a D-Sonic or a Steve's Special.
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Tone zone's not all that great and would be kind of muddy in mahogany - you probably want a D-Sonic or a Steve's Special.

that was the other one i was trying to think of
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So ive got a Krank Rev Pro Jr 20 and im looking for a good 80's shred/thrash pickup for my guitar.



Oh you got the Krank Rev Jr Pro at the end?

I'd recommend a D Sonic in the bridge... and maybe a Evolution in the neck?
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What aboot the Evolution Bridge and Single?...Coz its alot cheaper to get the Hum Bridge, Single Mid and Hum Neck in a set....like $AU150 cheaper

Or i could get the set sell the bridge and get the d-sonic
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What aboot the Evolution Bridge and Single?...Coz its alot cheaper to get the Hum Bridge, Single Mid and Hum Neck in a set....like $AU150 cheaper


Sure they're great... if you wanna get your sound close to Steve Vai's.

If you can, try to sell the bridge and get the D Sonic.

I think the Evolution neck is pretty "fluid" sounding for high gain sounds. Pretty good match for the D Sonic. A smooth, lead oriented neck pup with a tight and angry bridge sound.

No experience with the SC though.
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#12
yeah...im thinking Evo in the neck and mid and the D-Sonic in Bridge

What about the X2N? Would that be any good in a mahogany guitar?
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Dude you have a Mahogany guitar, so don't get bassy pickups. It'll sound waaaayyy to boomy and flubby.
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Just some food for thought... I've heard the DiMarzio Super Distortion and a SD '59 in a mahogany guitar and thought it sounded great for shred, might be worth looking into. I like the lead tone I get from the '59 in my Omen 6, but it's a basswood guitar so the Breed works better for me.
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yeah...im thinking Evo in the neck and mid and the D-Sonic in Bridge

What about the X2N? Would that be any good in a mahogany guitar?


X2N... is well...

If you wanna sound like Death's Chuck... then yeah its great.

Its great for that screaming preamp power gain to give a buzzsaw-y tone... pretty limited applications otherwise.

O... for some really uses... I found the clean... rather... sterile clean. Good for some tones... but again limited applications otherwise.
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X2N is a very thin sounding pup I recommend the Evolution, Evo2, D-sonic (depending where you place the bar pole piece), and the AT-1.
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