#1
I was wondering what would be the best metal pickups for a 7-string.
I like bands like Between the Buried and Me, Protest the Hero, After the Burial, etc.

I'm getting an Ibanez S7320, and if you could give your input as to why you suggest them, it'd be appreciated.

Thanks.
#2
EMG707

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EDIT: Actually, it depends on the amp, if you have a super high gain amp, i would rather have some good Dimarzio 7's

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#3
i would say look into EMG 707's. i have played a few 7 string schecters that had these pickups in them and they totally blew me away. Also if you think about it most metal bands use EMG's nowadays and you really can't go wrong with using what the pros use. also both guys from BTBAM use EMG's and so does Luke from PTH. hope this helps.

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#4
Just "707," or "707TW?"

And Dusty from BTBAM uses Dimarzios, but that's besides the point.

Also, with active pickups, when the battery dies, do you have to buy a new pickup? Or can you just take out the pickup and change the battery?
#5
u dont have to buy a new pickup they are powerd buy a square 9v battery in the back of the guitar u just change it.
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#9
Zakk Wylde uses EMG's, but also wildly endorses the MG. Why blindly buy something someone endorses?
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#11
I've yet to hear pickups better than Seymour Duncan Blackouts (at least for metal).
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Quote by acdclandon
Zakk Wylde uses EMG's, but also wildly endorses the MG. Why blindly buy something someone endorses?

He endorses the MG because that's his practice amp. He gets them for free. MG's are a huge ripoff. Come on. The only reason why MG's are so hated is because they're worth half of what they sell for. They'd be fine if they were half the price.

Also, that's how he gets paid. I'd take cash and free JCM800's for saying MG's and Spiders rock (GC workers anyone?). What the hell kind of smart person would refuse?

On topic, I gotta say EMG's. No doubt. They sound generic, but hey, they only sound generic because every big name uses them. Why does everybody use them? Because they're awesome. My favorite passive pickup is the Duncan Distortion for rock and the Dimarzio D-Activator X for metal. I rarely ever use the neck pickup with distortion, so I can't comment.
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#14
I think I might go with EMGs. Should I get the 707s, or the 707TWs?
And what's the difference between those two?
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Quote by Mathcorey
I think I might go with EMGs. Should I get the 707s, or the 707TWs?
And what's the difference between those two?

you can tap the TW's with a push pull pot or a switch so you use only one coil. It emulates the single coil sound. It's not exactly sc sounding, but it's a cool feature.
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Quote by apak
you can tap the TW's with a push pull pot or a switch so you use only one coil. It emulates the single coil sound. It's not exactly sc sounding, but it's a cool feature.


So, if I use the regular 707 and flick the switch (on the pickups selector, of course) to the single coil position, it won't do anything?
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Quote by Mathcorey
So, if I use the regular 707 and flick the switch (on the pickups selector, of course) to the single coil position, it won't do anything?

There is no single coil position on a pickup switch unless you wire it to tap the pickups. The middle position typically just uses both pickups at once. EMG's are not capable of being tapped unless you buy one that it, like the TW. I think you should just get the 707TW, which comes with a push-pull tone pot. When you pull it, you use only one coil. It's just an extra little feature you don't have to use at all.
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Quote by apak
He endorses the MG because that's his practice amp. He gets them for free. MG's are a huge ripoff. Come on. The only reason why MG's are so hated is because they're worth half of what they sell for. They'd be fine if they were half the price.

Also, that's how he gets paid. I'd take cash and free JCM800's for saying MG's and Spiders rock (GC workers anyone?). What the hell kind of smart person would refuse?

On topic, I gotta say EMG's. No doubt. They sound generic, but hey, they only sound generic because every big name uses them. Why does everybody use them? Because they're awesome. My favorite passive pickup is the Duncan Distortion for rock and the Dimarzio D-Activator X for metal. I rarely ever use the neck pickup with distortion, so I can't comment.


Really my point was to just go and try out the pickups and buy what YOU want and YOU want from a pickup, not what some famous guitarist uses.
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#19
You probably do not want emg's because you would have to route your guitar to fit them, I'd go for blackouts if you want actives because they make a standard seven string size.
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Quote by apak
There is no single coil position on a pickup switch unless you wire it to tap the pickups. The middle position typically just uses both pickups at once. EMG's are not capable of being tapped unless you buy one that it, like the TW. I think you should just get the 707TW, which comes with a push-pull tone pot. When you pull it, you use only one coil. It's just an extra little feature you don't have to use at all.


I thought flicking it up one on a 5-way switch makes it activate a single coil?
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Quote by Mathcorey
I thought flicking it up one on a 5-way switch makes it activate a single coil?

That guitar doesn't ahve a 5way. If you want to do some custom wiring, you can get a 5 way.
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Quote by Mathcorey

Damn that's weird. I'd just get a 3 way and a coil tap push-pull knob. If you're gonna leave the wiring stock, you gotta get the tappable EMG's or you could mess the pups up.
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