#1
Hi,

I play an Ibanez RGT42DX and I'm planning to replace my INF1 and maybe INF2 stock pickups with something more refined from Dimarzio and stuff. I'm looking for a clear sound for heavy metal (thrash/groove, progressive), hard rock, funk, and clean playing.

For metal, I like Metallica's solid and rich sound, a little more modern in terms of output and harmonics. For hard rock, I like Guns 'N Roses/Extreme groovy type, a little more bluesy. I also want to have a fitting sound for funky stuff and clean playing in general.

What pickups will serve a balance of those traits? I'm more concerned with bridge, but neck suggestions are well appreciated. I have Dimarzio D Activator Bridge and LiquiFire Neck in mind. Any suggestions?

Also, what is the difference between D Activator and D Activator X bridge pickups?

Thanks for all responses!
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#3
Your requirements pretty much cover the spectrum, so you are asking for a lot from one pickup. Slash uses vintage-sounding pickups, and similar pickups are found in some of Hetfield's guitars. Take a look at the Duncan JB, the Duncan Pearly Gates and the Duncan '59.

The DiMarzio Crunch Tone and LiquiFire were designed in cooperation with uber-guitarist John Petrucci, and have replaced the DiMarzio D-Sonic and Air Norton that he was previously using. If you want the Petrucci tone, this would go a long way toward it (to complete the package, you would need expensive Mesa amps, t.c. electronics delay and supernatural guitar skills).

The D-Activator X is louder than its D-Activator brother, and has two bar polepieces instead of 12 individual polepieces. The D-Activator X is sort of a watered down X2N.
#4
haha, i guess the whole spectrum is what all of us are trying achieve. since i only have one electric guitar, i can only go for one set of pickups. Thanks a lot for info!
#5
bridge pup - Dimarzio D-sonic/Crunch Tone
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#6
Have a look at the RockMonkey Pickups,

you've got the buttmonkey (bridge?) - http://www.rockmonkeyguitars.com/buttmonkey.htm
and an Alnico 2 pickup for Slash type tones - RockMonkey Vintage Original - http://www.rockmonkeyguitars.com/original_gorilla_fist.htm
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#7
It's like this: expensive or boutique pickups are designed (almost) for a single type of sound.

For metal, cleans (but more jazz than funk) the nailbombs are amazing. For pure metal I would suggest the Warpigs but bareknuckles are expensive.

Seymour and Dimarzio make the most versatile pickups for all those sounds, but none of them will be the "best" for each but they should provide You a very nice sound for all.

I second the Pearly gates and the D-Activator. Very versatile but they do depend on the wood of ur guitar.
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Your requirements pretty much cover the spectrum, so you are asking for a lot from one pickup. Slash uses vintage-sounding pickups, and similar pickups are found in some of Hetfield's guitars. Take a look at the Duncan JB, the Duncan Pearly Gates and the Duncan '59.

Wolfetone Marshallheads are only 204 for a set and will destroy all three of those.

You can get them in Alnico II magnets as well for a more of a Slash/Billy Gibbons/Mark Knopfler sound.
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#10
Wolfe's anniversary sale ended, they're back up to $260. Still a pretty good price though....
#11
Amp do you have?
Agile AL3000
Douglas WRL90
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J&D Strat
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Douglas Draco
Peavey JSX
Bugera V5
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#12
For the neck, you can also look at DiMarizo's Air Zone, PAF Pro, Air Classic and the 36th Anniversary.

For the bridge, DiMarzio's D Activator, Super 2 or the Tone Zone

The D Activator X is a very dark pickup, whereas the D Activator is a generally balance pickup.
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Wolfe's anniversary sale ended, they're back up to $260. Still a pretty good price though....

Haha, I got in just in time then!

He misplaced my order so they just were assembled last week.

It's kind of a pissoff since the LP has been out of commission for nearly 3 months now waiting for these. I just can't play with those stock pups.
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#14
Yeah same, I ordered mine maybe a month or so before the sale ended and got a great deal, they just took some time to get finished. Great pickups though.
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#16
whoo thanks everybody! i just bought d activator bridge and liquifire after considering some others, and i'm very happy with them. so articulate and versatile from clean to high gain. little things here and there are easily adjusted with amp and stuff although mine is a shitty ibz10g.