#1
I want to get pickups for my Ibanez RG. It's just a run of the mill RG, HH basswood/maple.

Mainly gonna be playing a lot of Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails with this guitar.

Should I get something like PAF's, or do they generally use higher output stuff?

Amp is a Vypyr Tube. I currently have EMG HZ's in the Ibanez, mostly what I want out of it is something more "lively", not so dull and bleh sounding.

Thanks~

EDIT: Totally forgot to add, I do want them to be DiMarzios.

EDIT 2: If it helps, I'm looking for something to be able to do this:

Reptile @ 3:40

Tourniquet @ 0:55

So maybe something on the lower output side of things?
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Last edited by Offworld92 at Feb 1, 2012,
#3
A thread asking for Dimarzios specifically - This should be fun!

There are pups considerably higher output than normal PAFs. A lot higher!

I'd go one step further than just normal D-Activators and get the D-Activators Xs and maybe even an X2N in the bridge (it works for some people)
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#4
I found both the D-Activator and XN2 to sound pretty dodgy personally..........

I reccommend the DiMarzio Crunch Lab(B)/ Liquifire (N) combo.

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#5
D'Activators are amazing in mahogany, wouldn't recommend them for a basswood RG though.

I'd agree with T7E - get the Crunch Lab/Liquifire combo. Should get some awesome tones with that.
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#6
D'Activators or X2N, maybe even a Super Distortion.
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#7
People use EMG's for industrial cause it needs lots of damn output, and they seem to be fit well with all effects. For dimarzio, I think a pickup with more output then D-Activator would be too much so don't go for X2N or D-Activator X. But if you use currently EMG HZ, you can go for active ones. But seriously, If I look for a high output picku from dimarzio, that's SUper Distortion.
#8
+1, the X2N is garbage, the D-Activators are really suited to different situations to the one you're in.

Pair of Breeds, not much point getting super high output pickups with a modelling amp - they'll be great for livening up a basswood RG and giving it more oomph. Powerful, plenty of mids and crunch but not as compressed and sterile sounding as some of the shreddier Dimarzios, they've got a bit more of an organic tone.
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#9
To balance out a basswood RG for that kind of alt tone, if you're dead set on DiMarzios then I'd just pick a Tone Zone for the bridge and a Breed neck.

Though frankly, when it comes to alt styles I find DiMario's selection to be rather lacking. I go to DM for shred, jazz and pop, but for alt, goth and grunge (and any offshoot/bastard baby genre, such as industrial) I head to Seymour Duncan. An SD Custom bridge with the magnet swapped for an alnico 8 one and a Pearly Gates neck with the magnet swapped for an alnico 4 or 5 makes an unbeatable combination for that kind of tone in any bolt-on guitar.
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#10
Ive always used a SD hot rodded set for everything humbucker, JB and Jazz, saddly all my guitars are mahogany and ive never liked the sound of a JB in basswood, same with active EMGs, something sounds off to my ear there too, now the crunch lab/liquid fire combo is AMAZING, maybe check out some bareknuckles as well, another company i found was riogrande, but theyre prices are a tad high for what they offer
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#11
Breeds look really good. I've never really looked into those pickups before.

How about a D-Sonic/Breed combo? Yes/no?

Tone Zone/Breed also looks really appealing.

EDIT: If it helps, I'm looking for something to be able to do this:

Reptile @ 3:40

Tourniquet @ 0:55

So maybe something on the lower output side of things?
Spin 'round carousel when your horse isn't screwed in.

My band:
Fractured Instinct
(For fans of Death/Groove/Prog Metal)

Ibanez RGA42E
Ibanez S420
LTD H-301
Ibanez RG520
Peavey Predator USA
Douglas Grendel 725
Line 6 Pod HD500X
Last edited by Offworld92 at Feb 1, 2012,
#12
Quote by Offworld92
Breeds look really good. I've never really looked into those pickups before.

How about a D-Sonic/Breed combo? Yes/no?

Tone Zone/Breed also looks really appealing.

Have a listen to the amp clips in my profile, that's a pair of breeds but in a mahogany guitar so in your situation things wouldn't quite be so wooly due to the basswood. I'd steer away from the Tone Zone based on my experience, it's more a shredders pickup to my ears and not all that great for rhythm work - the mid spike is too pronounced and it's all a bit too busy and dense tonally. The D-Sonic's good, it's a very tight pickup with exceptional clarity under distortion...I guess a way to compare it to the Breed is that it's like a sabre compared to the Breed's sledgehammer.

[EDIT]
those tones are quite grainy and organic to my ears, definitely more the Breeds territory than the D-Sonic.
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#13
Possibly going too far low here, but how about a Air Zone/Bluesbucker? Too low output?

I'm a little afraid of a Breed set being too high output, but I have no idea how much output DiMarzio pups have.
Spin 'round carousel when your horse isn't screwed in.

My band:
Fractured Instinct
(For fans of Death/Groove/Prog Metal)

Ibanez RGA42E
Ibanez S420
LTD H-301
Ibanez RG520
Peavey Predator USA
Douglas Grendel 725
Line 6 Pod HD500X
#14
Use your volume/tone knobs!
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