#1
Hey dudes, i'm looking into buying a new bridge pickup. I Currently have an EMG H4 in my bridge and i feel like it just can't cover enough tonal ranges. I want to be able to play any genre of music without being held back by my pickups. I heard good things about the DiMarzio Evolution pickup for versatility. Has anyone heard of anything better or worth checking out?

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Btw, i play a Schecter Damien 6
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The DiMarzio Evo is probably too hot to be that flexible if you ask me. Perhaps look for something with lower output? I'd rather suggest The Breed over the Evo if you want something more flexible.
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The DiMarzio Evo is probably too hot to be that flexible if you ask me. Perhaps look for something with lower output? I'd rather suggest The Breed over the Evo if you want something more flexible.



I'm playing a lot of metal and post-hardcore these days as well as other genres too. That's why i wanted a pickup that was a little on the hotter side. I'm playing rhythm guitar in a post-hardcore band currently.
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It's hard to give suitable pickup advice without knowing what amp you use and what (if any) pedals you use.

If you want true versatility then the best thing to go for is a scatterwound A4 pickup, wound to just-hotter-than-vintage output. With 42 AWG wire you should be in the right ball park so long as the DC resistance is somewhere between 8k and 10k. That should result in a pickup able to drive a valve amp a little harder than normal and with a great range of output in the volume knob, without ever going to crazy extremes; it'll retain a fair amount of output should you ever split it; an Alnico 4 magnet tends to give the most balanced response; scatterwinding means you'll get wider and more even response in humbucker mode.

Only problem is that scatterwound pickups do tend to cost a fair bit. Check out The Creamery (my go-to resource for scatterwound pickups) and Bare Knuckle Pickups (where everyone else goes) to get an idea of the many options and the sort of price range you're looking at with scatterwound pickups.

If you'd rather stick to what you can get off the shelf, the easiest thing to get strong, wide response is to install active pickups. A couple of EMG 89s, or an 89 and an 81-TW, offer the most options if you can install the push-pull pots needed to access their single coil modes. If you can't (or just don't care for single coil tones) then I recommend the EMG 60A-X, as the most natural sounding, clearest active pickup around.

Failing all that, you might want to look into:
  • Seymour Duncan P-Rail & Triple Shot mounting ring. Comes in a hot alnico 8 version and a regular alnico 5 version. Gives you normal single coil, P-90 and humbucker tones in one pickup.
  • Seymour Duncan JB. The most basic all-round pickup ever made. Can be a bit shrill in some guitars.
  • Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates. More mellow than the JB, making it more suitable for some guitars, but it still has enough cut for modern styles of music.
  • DiMarzio Evo 2. Far more flexible than other high-output ceramic pickups, though like the regular Evo it can sound a little shrill in some guitars.
  • DiMarzio PAF Pro. You don't get any more basic than this. Very even and wide tone with good response across the board. but that does mean it's a little boring and it can't balance out a particularly dark or bright guitar.



Edit: okay, Schecter Damien 6 helps. So maple bolt-on neck, rosewood fretboard, basswood body and fixed bridge; for that, I'd advise the Evo 2 or Pearly Gates, or still a scatterwound A4 humbucker.
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Check out the Vintage Hot series pickups. I have a set of Black Dog humbuckers in my Hagstrom Swede, and I can play a ton of styles with it. They're a bit pricey, but definiteyl worth the money IMO. Besides, you can get any pickup in any cover style (or with different colored coils).
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I'm playing a lot of metal and post-hardcore these days as well as other genres too. That's why i wanted a pickup that was a little on the hotter side. I'm playing rhythm guitar in a post-hardcore band currently.

The Breed is "a little on the hotter side"

The Evo isn't a versatile pickup, it's an out-and-out shredders pickup. It's voiced heavily towards the upper mids and treble side of things which makes it great for piercing leads but not so great for chuggy rhythms.
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EMG 81TWX/89X set, or a P-Rails set.

If you're not actually looking for true versatility, and just a good all around pickup set, I'd go for the SD Custom/'59, or DiMarzio D-Sonic/PAF Pro.
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I wouldn't use an Evo for versatility. A little too compressed and smooth.
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I wouldn't use an Evo for versatility.


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or even an evo 2

out of the big names, the most versatile pickups i've tried are the custom 5 and the paf pro
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