I have a cheaper Ibanez (GRG121DX) and I want to swap out the pickups for some EMG Hetfield signatures. I'm fairly new to the insides of a guitar and all I'm wondering is if I can do a swap without having to mess with the electronics too much.
No. Will require some basic knowledge of soldering.

EDIT: Those Hetfields are actives (I think), so you will need to make sure you have enough room in the cavity to fit a 9V battery as well.
Last edited by cdr_salamander at Sep 19, 2013,
New EMGs have a solderless design that you can basically just drop in. EMGs are expensive compared to other "on the shelf" pups though.

I personally would advise you to not drop so much money into a GIO - at the end of the day, you can only polish a turd so much, as hard as that may be to hear.

DiMarzios are a cheapish go-to for upgrading pickups to something good. I know GC and probably Musiciansfriend has the D Activator B+N set for $125. Pretty sweet deal, some EMGs cost that much for a single pup.
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