#1
I'm looking at a Dimarzio X2N 7 as a long-term pickup upgrade for my 7-string that I'm getting for Christmas. I only have the one guitar, and no idea about the pickups on it, but I play metal stuff, and I rarely use anything other than the bridge pickup (the guitar I have has 3 single coil pickups) to get the tone, as it's the closest to the crunchy metal tone I wanted.

I'm looking for a pickup to complement the X2N 7 as a neck pickup, preferably something clean and clear, as the fuzzy nature of the other two pickups doesn't do it for me. I play a little bit of alt-rock on occasion, so are there any particuar pickups that would be suitable for the neck position to go with the X2N 7? Dimarzio or otherwise.
#4
i had an x2n (6 string) and wasn't a huge fan of it. i felt that it was better suited for a punk tone than metal. it was just too shrill, harsh, and bright to be any good for metal. i'd look into doing a crunch lab/liquifire set or an evo set
#6
LiquiFire 7, or Air Norton 7 imo, I'm personally partial to the AN, but the LiquiFire is a nice versatile pickup too.
#7
peavey vypyr 30. This is more hypothetical, I'm gonna get the guitar, then the amp right after, and the pickups are third
Last edited by staceap at Dec 9, 2011,
#8
Quote by andrerist
i had an x2n (6 string) and wasn't a huge fan of it. i felt that it was better suited for a punk tone than metal. it was just too shrill, harsh, and bright to be any good for metal. i'd look into doing a crunch lab/liquifire set or an evo set



Chuck Schuldiner of Death used one
#11
D-Activator neck would be a great contrast with the X2N at the bridge since it's a creamy pu whether the tone is trimmed or not. Don't know about LiquiFire 7 though. I use a Tone Zone 7 bridge with a D-Activator neck on a S7320. I hated the abrasiveness of the X2N on this guitar. My .02.
Last edited by dirtfoot at Dec 10, 2011,
#12
ok, what impact should the output have on the pairings? Am I better to have pickups of a similar output? What does your Tone Zone sound like?
#13
Quote by staceap
What about a LiquiFire in the bridge and a D Activator Neck?


that sounds like a pretty awful idea and idk y you would consider doing that... the liquefier is made for creamy solos and made specifically to be used in the neck...
#14
Quote by andrerist
that sounds like a pretty awful idea and idk y you would consider doing that... the liquefier is made for creamy solos and made specifically to be used in the neck...


I know very little about pickups, so I'm prone to making comments that seem stupid to a more knowledgeable source
#15
Quote by staceap
I know very little about pickups, so I'm prone to making comments that seem stupid to a more knowledgeable source


for the most part, a neck pickup really won't sound good at all in the bridge (only exception i know of is the emg 81/85 combo being switched).

a neck pickup is made for a smooth, creamy tone used mostly for solos and clean tones. the bridge pickup (at least in the case of metal) is going to be a much more aggressive, biting tone that is going to really sound good with a lot of chugging and chord work