#1
Worst pickups you ever tried?

For me, Dimebucker.

Edit: Your worst pickups youve tried that are not el cheapos. Its too easy to pick some 50 dollar guitar.

Lets say pickups that are $80 dollars and above.
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#2
The stock pickups on most lower-end Ibanez guitars. They're absolutely horrid, IMHO.
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#3
Probably the EMG H4.

That said, not all HZs are completely terrible. I rather like the H2.
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#4
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The stock pickups on most lower-end Ibanez guitars. They're absolutely horrid, IMHO.


INF pickups are pretty good for stock pickups IMO.
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#5
in this thread: opinions.

I think it's hard to distinguish between a crap pickup and a crap guitar that happens to have those pickups. so it's probably best to think before you post - was it really the pickups that were bad or was it the guitar? a bad guitar can make any pickups sound awful..

i really can't think of any pickups that i've hated except maybe the epiphone stock pickups - too much flabby bass output, and muddy lower mids.
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#6
^ oh yeah I almost forgot I used to own an Epi. The pickups in my G400 were also just tetrible. Probably still take them over the H4 though...
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#7
The pickups in my Stagg are the worst. If you thought Epi pickups where muddy, the Stagg ones took the wet-fartage cake. They also weren't wax potted properly and would squeal like a bitch with any sizable amount of gain.
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The stock pickups on most lower-end Ibanez guitars. They're absolutely horrid, IMHO.


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in this thread: opinions.

I think it's hard to distinguish between a crap pickup and a crap guitar that happens to have those pickups. so it's probably best to think before you post - was it really the pickups that were bad or was it the guitar? a bad guitar can make any pickups sound awful..

i really can't think of any pickups that i've hated except maybe the epiphone stock pickups - too much flabby bass output, and muddy lower mids.


I don't know Blomp, I've help friends with upgrading their low end Ibanezs with new pups. The guitars literally shine in comparison to having the stock Ibanez pickups.

Crappiest pickups, no question, hands-down, bet yer last dollar its ANY Ibanez stock pickup.

They are muddy, have bad note definition, lack clarity, sterile and boomy with a hollow tone.

You'd be hard pressed to find a more detestable and horrible pickup than an Ibanez stock pickup.
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#9
The only truly bad pickup is the one that doesn't suit your style.
Even el cheapo starterpack-Strat pickups have some merit to them occasionally.
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#10
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The stock pickups on most lower-end Ibanez guitars. They're absolutely horrid, IMHO.
I agree, while Ibanez actually has pretty decent low-end guitars compared to what you can get for similar price (Squires, Jackson JS, etc.), their pickups are horrid. Nothing that a swap can't solve.

Worst pickup I've played? The stock bridge pickup on my $99 Washburn X9.

Well, I think it might be the guitar itself, but I can guarantee that the pickup is shit as well. That guitar is evil, it can make every amp it's played through sound like fizzy fake shit. And I've played the fucking thing through various high-end tube amps and it made them all sound like shit no matter what I did (completely goes against how too many fuckheads here say "99% of tone is in your amp"). That guitar is now at my family's vacation place, and I use it with a Peavey Vypyr 15 (which it also makes sound like shit).
#11
Other than stock pickups...

I actually really disliked the Duncan Jazz. Sounded way too thin in my PRS.
#12
Would agree with Ibanez stocks being crappy. Reminds me of my worst investment ever, a Ibanez JS20S Silver Surfer, turned out to be a more colorful JS100 which would have cost a third or a quarter of the JS20. Pickups are awful compared to most guitars I own.
#14
Non-brand name/stock pickups? I'd probably go with MiM Fender Strat pickups there. I couldn't get a tone I wanted from it, no matter how I tried, even for classic rock;the bridge pickup was really thin and trebly(which I guess is to be expected, but...), I don't remember how the mid pickup sounded and the neck pickup was really muddy in my opinion, not to mention the hum, the hum, THE HUM(I've played several Squier Strats, none of them hummed quite as much as this thing). The bridge+mid position didn't hum that much but I still found it thin and muddy.

As for brand-name pickups, I'm going to have to go with the EMG 85. *flameshield*I got a Schecter last week with EMG 81/85 combo, and I was pretty sure I wasn't going to be fussy on the pickups regardless, but good God, that ended up being an understatement. My ML, which is equipped with a DiMarzio Super Disto/PAF Pro combo, does just about everything I want to do better than the EMGs do except for trebly classic rock tones, and considering 90% of what I play is metal I find that odd. The 81 in the bridge isn't THAT bad tonally, it just doesn't quite have the punch of the Super Disto, and it can nail Funk #49, so I can't really fault it. The 85, on the other hand, is a muddy, indistinct mess to my ears, just like the Strat neck pickup I mentioned before, and I use my neck pickup for cleans and Yngwie-style solo tones;the PAF Pro nails both to my ears, but the 85's just...muddy. Real muddy. It gives a good metalcore solo tone, but I really really REALLY am not a metalcore person...xD Oh, and the fact that they're actives doesn't seem to have much difference on how much they feedback, they feedback just as much as every other humbucker-equipped guitar I've played(not that I mind that regardless, but...), maybe a little less but the difference seems small.

...anyone wanna buy some EMGs and whatever preamp comes in a Schecter Damien Elite? xD
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#15
I've never really tried a guitar with bad pickups, nor have I ever bought bad pickups, I usually only pick up guitars that I know will sound good.

But if I had to pick, I'd say whatever the pickups are in a Gibson Les Paul Standard, too muddy for me.
#16
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I don't know Blomp, I've help friends with upgrading their low end Ibanezs with new pups. The guitars literally shine in comparison to having the stock Ibanez pickups.

i was just saying it's sometimes possible for a bad guitar to make really good pickups sound bad, not that it's always the guitar's fault. with ibanez it's definitely the pickups by the sound of it. but some people, for whatever reason, might like the ibanez pickups, which is why i said this thread is full of opinions

sometimes i think it's a bit of both with a lot of guitars.
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#17
I'm too big of a fan of stock low end Epi ones, and the Infinity set are okay. They are a little muddy, but they do work better then some other stocks. My Schecter Gryphon has some Duncan Designs in it and they are vastly brighter and do well in both clean and distortion modes. I will admit the Inf 3 and 4 are better for me when I have the distortion cranked.

My personal preference is I don't like actives, hence why I didn't buy the C-1 Elite I had been looking at. The actives just don't do well for my preferred tone, so I don't usually go to them. I've tried several sets of them, just I like passives, so actives are not a good purchase for me.
#18
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INF pickups are pretty good for stock pickups IMO.

I agree, the stock pups on mine aren't bad, for stocks.
#19
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I actually really disliked the Duncan Jazz. Sounded way too thin in my PRS.


Same experience here in my Parker. I did not like the JB either. Others rave about this combo, though.
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#20
To those slating Ibanez pickups, try the QMs. They're ****ing incredible, I have a set in my S1220 and the bridge is pretty tight for metal stuff but really nice for lead too and the neck pickup is great for cleans and smooth lead tones.
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#22
From the name-brand stuff:

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Dimebucker, SD Invaders.


+1. I also have a couple of kent armstrongs (the korean-made ones, not the handwound ones) which i'm not too fussed on either.

from stock pickups: +1 on ibanez and the MIM standard fender ones.
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#24
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I hate the 500T and 496R pickups in my V... Considering the price of that guitar I'm really pissed. In fact a month on, I'm pretty pissed with the whole guitar as my needs have completely changed and I can't sell it.

I actually preferred the Ibanez INFs to some extent, they were muddy. But at least I can get a decent clean tone.


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#25
Ah, I've got another one:

The stock Jackson J-50BC on my '88 Charvel Model 4. It was an active pickup based off an EMG, but it was thin, lifeless, over-compressed, and sounded like shit no matter what I did. Probably the worst active pickup I've ever used, and why I don't use active pickups at all. I replaced it with a Dimarzio X2N, a very underrated and misused pickup. It sounds much better and much clearer than before.
#27
Not all Ibanez pickups are bad. I have a 90s XH2 humbucker that I modified with 3 ceramic magnets that happens to be quite aggressive.
For me, any pickups from an 80's guitar that has the plastic covers on them, newer Jackson stock pickups, and any pickups like for example washburns low end where the baseplate is PLASTIC.
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#28
EMG HZs for me. So horribly meh and no dynamics at all, can't wait until I get the money to get them out of my SLSMG asap
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#29
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Not all Ibanez pickups are bad. I have a 90s XH2 humbucker that I modified with 3 ceramic magnets that happens to be quite aggressive.
For me, any pickups from an 80's guitar that has the plastic covers on them, newer Jackson stock pickups, and any pickups like for example washburns low end where the baseplate is PLASTIC.


That is the odd thing, that I don't like actives, but a set of stock Ibanez actives were some of the best that I've ever heard. I don't know the model numbers, but I liked how they sounded, better then some EMGs I have heard.
#30
for me its a tie between a Suhr SSV+ and a Gibson 57 classic. the Suhr was voiced a little bit strangely; it had alot of upper mids and very little bass. it just didn't really appeal to me. the gibson, though not too bad, just wasn't very good. for that sort of money, I expected far, far better

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#33
The "EMG Designed" pickups on my RG2EX1 are pretty meh... super bassy, no note definition, and they're way too boomy. They don't cut at all... and for a guitar begging to be down-tuned, that's the last thing I want. The stock INF4's on my cheapy RG120 that I mess around with are better (and why the hate for Ibanez pups? I always felt that the pups in the low priced/budget Ibanez guitars were rather good compared to others. That said, they aren't great, but they aren't the worst in the world...

I'm also not a fan of the HZ EMGs either and, to be honest, I'm not really that huge of a fan of active pups. They're great for metal don't get me wrong, but I just never fell in love with any of the tones that come out of say an EMG 81 when it's run through anything other than massive distortion...
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