#1
Hey guys, I have a Jackson Warrior WRXT X guitar with basswood body,a Line 6 UberMetal Distortion Pedal and a Marshall MG100DFX 100W. Although i get a good tone on this setup, the pickups don't quite please me. They don't get good harmonics and even the clean sound isnt good. Im looking to replace the pickups, either with an EMG 81/85 combo or a single EMG ALX with ABQ preamp.
Which one should i get?
And im not too good at soldering and dont trust anyone with my guitar, so thats why im looking for EMG solderless designs that needs only one or two solders.
Im looking for a heavy tone like COB and Cannibal Corpse.The cleans should just be bearable
#3
You'd better change your amp. Changing your pickups won't make any difference through that amp, especially active pickups.
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#4
Quote by hansolo1106
You'd better change your amp. Changing your pickups won't make any difference through that amp, especially active pickups.


Im really looking for a better sound and specially the harmonics. Id buy an amp along with the pickups. Which amps and pickups would you suggest?Id spend about 500-650$ on the amp
#5
I would first buy the amp, and then you'll see, if you'd still like to change the pickups.
What kind of music do you play?

edit: oh I see, Cannibal Corpse and COB.
Well, in that case a Peavey 6505+ 112 combo would be a good choice.
Or maybe a Jet City JCA2112RC 20W combo with a boost pedal. I heard some sound clips, and it sounds awesome for metal.
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Last edited by hansolo1106 at Sep 12, 2010,
#6
Quote by hansolo1106
I would first buy the amp, and then you'll see, if you'd still like to change the pickups.
What kind of music do you play?

I play heavy,thrash,death metal and some rock as well-Metallica,Slayer,Megadeth,COB,Cannibal Corpse,Carcass n stuff.

I dont think that these stock pickups will give the sound i need on any amp.Yeah, they are decent though, but not quite the sound im looking for. So im really looking for new pickups. Also, the harmonics are not quite good on the stocks
#7
Troll harder bro.

Get yourself a Peavey Vvypr Tube 60 or Vox Valvetronix maybe, ANYTHING but an MG...

You can make a beginner guitar sound great through a good amp, but you can't make a good guitar sound good through a terrible amp.
/Basic logic
#8
Quote by devjeetroy
I play heavy,thrash,death metal and some rock as well-Metallica,Slayer,Megadeth,COB,Cannibal Corpse,Carcass n stuff.

I dont think that these stock pickups will give the sound i need on any amp.Yeah, they are decent though, but not quite the sound im looking for. So im really looking for new pickups. Also, the harmonics are not quite good on the stocks


Pickups will do nothing for your sound if you have such a bad amp. You have to understand that you can put whatever you like on shit... it is just still gonna smell like shit
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#9
Troll harder bro.

Get yourself a Peavey Vvypr Tube 60 or Vox Valvetronix maybe, ANYTHING but an MG...

You can make a beginner guitar sound great through a good amp, but you can't make a good guitar sound good through a terrible amp.
/Basic logic


Ohh...This Peavy looks good.They sound samples are nice.Il check up with my dealer. But anyway, is this gonna help my harmonics?i have almost no experience with other amplifiers except a roland cube 60 which sounds almost the same as my marshall
#10
Quote by devjeetroy
Ohh...This Peavy looks good.They sound samples are nice.Il check up with my dealer. But anyway, is this gonna help my harmonics?i have almost no experience with other amplifiers except a roland cube 60 which sounds almost the same as my marshall


Also, bad harmonics could most likely be a result of your playing and not your gear. People can do good sounding whammy bar harmonics on the clean channel
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#11
Quote by sammo_boi
Also, bad harmonics could most likely be a result of your playing and not your gear. People can do good sounding whammy bar harmonics on the clean channel


Its most certainly not because of my technique.I can get the harmonics on all strings albiet the first one.But they dont have that thing to them.They sound sorta boring even with a vibrato
#12
Also, bad harmonics could most likely be a result of your playing and not your gear. People can do good sounding whammy bar harmonics on the clean channel


And yeah, the higher frets dont have the sustain that i desire.Bends on the 22nd fret arent quite good even when i have the gain on my pedal to full.And i have experimented a lot of settings with both my amp and pedal but to no avail
#13
Quote by devjeetroy
Its most certainly not because of my technique.I can get the harmonics on all strings albiet the first one.But they dont have that thing to them.They sound sorta boring even with a vibrato

put new strings then maybe??
#15
New amp
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#16
Quote by hansolo1106
I would first buy the amp, and then you'll see, if you'd still like to change the pickups.
What kind of music do you play?

edit: oh I see, Cannibal Corpse and COB.
Well, in that case a Peavey 6505+ 112 combo would be a good choice.
Or maybe a Jet City JCA2112RC 20W combo with a boost pedal. I heard some sound clips, and it sounds awesome for metal.

iv played the jet city a number of times and find it more of a rock amp. with a boost infront you can get metal but it was quite muddy and noisy. am i doing something wrong with that amp, or am i right?
#17
Quote by CreepingDeath13
iv played the jet city a number of times and find it more of a rock amp. with a boost infront you can get metal but it was quite muddy and noisy. am i doing something wrong with that amp, or am i right?

Check out this thread: https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1336069
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#18
Hey dude, i like your taste in music so im gonna tell you what i would do. Seymore Duncan Blackouts! under 200$ The MG series from marshall is a touch lame, but you can fix that later. I love the warrior body. I was lucky enough to pick up an older WRMG that came with EMG HZ4. I bought a newer JS series as a back up and i plan on putting the HZ4's in it until i get some active pickups. The other guitarist in my band has an esp with emg81/85's and they just don't have the body that the blackouts have. And don't get me wrong i love thrash and i do cut most of my mids. I don't even have to switch to my neck pick up for cleans(which is the point of having an emg85. the 81's suck for clean sounds)
GOOD LUCK!
#19
^Sersly. HZ's in A JS?
even if it's a $800 JS100, Dimarzio D-Activators would be a WAAAAAAAYYYYY better choice.

Quote by devjeetroy
Hey guys, I have a Jackson Warrior WRXT X guitar with basswood body,a Line 6 UberMetal Distortion Pedal and a Marshall MG100DFX 100W. Although i get a good tone on this setup, the pickups don't quite please me.


Prepare the flame shield!
Because you know it's gunna hit you.

EDIT:
Omni=Fail, if he's talking about tone.
Last edited by LolCatGuitar at Sep 18, 2010,
#21
Honestly, active pickups will make you sound even worse through that amp.

Don't beat around the bush. New pickups won't, and never do, solve any problems. Your amp is the piece of your gear holding you back. I can guarantee you that if you run your Jackson through an amp that actually does what you play well, you won't think you need new pickups anymore.

The 6505+ is an excellent choice if you're on a moderate budget. There are better amps, but they tend to cost $2000+. The 6505+ will do what you want more than well enough for it's price.

After you have that, then and only then should you consider new pickups. I'm telling you, you most likely won't need them with that amp though.

Also, I would not recommend a Jet City for metal as heavy as you play. I hate when people say "Oh, this amp sounds amazing boosted!". IMO, if you play primarily a certain genre, you should get an amp who's tone doesn't need to be externally modded to do it.
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#22
6505+ 112. There ya go.
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Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#23
The ALX pickups are Alexi Laiho's sig one right? He said in a interview they are not useful for cleans at all, so don't get them if you want cleans

but as everyone has said, an amp will do you much more good, get a 6505+ 112
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