#1
Hey guys,

I'm looking forward to buy some new pickups. I'm a rhythm guitarist and I play modern rock and metal, mostly power metal. No black/death/brutal/core etc. I need a warm, thick and full distortion. I prefer passive pickups, something like Seymour Duncan, DiMarzio, Gibson, etc. Any advice?

Thanks.
#2
What guitar/amp do you have? Price Range? Location? (Prices differ)
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#4
Look into Bare Knuckle Pickups.. bit of a hole in the pocket.. but Very versatile and awesome pickups.
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#5
You could play Metal on any type of pick up...
Although for best results use Humbuckers.
And for a particular sound, do some researching online. Look up your favourite artists gear (Some use different guitars in studio to achieve different tones).

I personally like Seymour Duncans myself. Although I do own EMG and they are great for metal but seymours sound a bit sexier to me.
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What guitar/amp do you have? Price Range? Location? (Prices differ)
I currently have an Hagstrom Swede. Extremely good guitar, but the pickups sounds a bit vintage to me, they are not the best for high gain stuffs.

My amp is a Peavey Bandit 112, but I will upgrade it soon to something better.

My budget is 200-300€ and I live in Europe. I will probably order from Thomann.
#7
You say you prefer passive pickups but I will recommend EMG active humbuckers (81)-bridge and (60)-neck.

This combination is very popular for your style of music. The emg 81 humbucker gives you very nice lead tones and the emg 60 humbucker is usually considered as a "rhythm" pickup. It also has very nice clean tones!
#8
EMG 81/60 is quite a common pair in Metal (Metallica).
On the passive side I like the Seymour Duncan Custom Custom or JB.
Alnico II is also nice if you lean more towards rock than metal
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EMG 81/60 is quite a common pair in Metal (Metallica).
On the passive side I like the Seymour Duncan Custom Custom or JB.
Alnico II is also nice if you lean more towards rock than metal

I agree
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I currently have an Hagstrom Swede. Extremely good guitar, but the pickups sounds a bit vintage to me, they are not the best for high gain stuffs.

My amp is a Peavey Bandit 112, but I will upgrade it soon to something better.

My budget is 200-300€ and I live in Europe. I will probably order from Thomann.


With a budget that high I'd definitely look into Bareknuckles. The Nailbomb is a great Rock/Metal all-rounder. They have a great range of high-output pickups and depending on Your style you might find something like a Painkiller or Miracle Man better suited to your style.

Check them out here http://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk/main/ I got a Miracle Man a couple of years ago and haven't looked back.
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#11
BKP Painkiller is a great rhythm guitar pickup, extremely tight and responsive bass end, lots of mids and highs to it and cuts like no other pickup I've ever heard, and has a totally unique voicing, it's incredibly responsive depending on the amp, it doesn't sound the same through all amps, which is quite amazing, and it's extremely versatile even though it's a high output pickup.

BKP Aftermath is just like the Painkiller, except with less mids, and a slightly looser bass response.

I'd go for one of those two sets, since they are within your range, and they are made in the UK.
#12
I don't know about modern, but I play 80s metal/rock, neoclassical and a little power metal(no Rhapsody Of Fire-ish stuff though), and I've got a DiMarzio Super Distortion(bridge)/PAF Pro(neck) pup combo in my ML(basswood body, maple neck), and they absolutely kill for what I play. I've never tried Bare Knuckle but they're supposed to be good if you're willing to dish out a little extra, like they're saying.
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