#1
Hey, I'm looking for a bridge pickup for around £50-40, which has quite a high output for heavy,thrash metal and hard rock also quite Bass Heavy(6-7/10) with Mids to be around (5-6/10) with the treble to be around (4-5/10) and have a nice crunch also very tight sounding to the distortion channels, and it isn't muddy.
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#2
Good humbuckers don't really start til the £60 mark, you seem to know what you want though, just boost your budget an extra ten or twenty pounds and you could get exactly what you want. There's to much personal preference to really expect a good answer when it comes to pickups but that said basswood bodies are characteristically quite trebly and you want something quite bassy, if you like the sound of active pickups an EMG 81 might be a good bet just because they don't really respond to the characteristics of a guitar that well
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#4
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Good humbuckers don't really start til the £60 mark

That's not true. I know of several handwinders who have a really good rep whose humbuckers start at around the £40-£50 mark- Oilcity, MoJo (in Northern Ireland), Jesse Loureiro (Spain). I haven't tried them myself, but have heard good things- and it's certainly possible to make a good pickup for that kind of money, I have a set of Swinesheads which were ~£40 per humbucker, IIRC, before they went bust, and they're excellent.

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basswood bodies are characteristically quite trebly


wut, no they're not. if anything their treble content is attenuated. Basswood tends to be almost all mids, really.
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#6
Also consider the Tesla VR-Extremes and Plasmas.

http://www.teslapickups.com/
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#8
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wut, no they're not. if anything their treble content is attenuated. Basswood tends to be almost all mids, really.

This for sure. I find the higher mids on my Ibanez RG (basswood body) to be pretty spiky.

TS, exactly what guitar (make/model) are we talking about? What amp are you using as well? If you're using a high gain amp or using pedals to get into high gain territory, a super high output pickup isn't necessary. The voicing of the pickup and how it works with your guitar's wood will be a more important factor.
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#9
Tone zone, crunch lab, maybe a Dactivator but I would reccomend trying one before buing it because it sounds its own way
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#10
I'm using a Cort X6 SM (Maple Neck, Maple Fret, Basswood) atm paired with a marshall MG FX 50 but im not getting that crunch out of it that i like in my distortion with no pedal's also i can only find Tesla Extreme's in pairs (Neck and Bridge) and not just A bridge from the UK
#11
honestly if you're running an MG i'd put your money towards a better amp.

Granted, £50 won't get you that much closer to a better amp so it's really your call.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#12
meh, thats just a spare amp i normally run, half the time its into a JCM 600 combo, or Guitar rig 5
#13
ah ok no worries
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#14
Btw, do you know anywhere i can get pup's from, since most are from the US
#15
Sounds like you want Dimarzio Tonezone. Its warm, midrange and bass heavy and definetly a hot pickup, pushes my Valveking nicely. Sounds great in my basswood LTD.

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Bugera 333
Peavey Rockmaster preamp

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#16
Cool, alot of people say the Dimarzio Tonezone's are good for what im looking for, but where can i pick them up withen my price range? Ebay hit the good 70-80 pound mark and not really for the 40-50 here D:
#17
On used market other than ebay. Cant really help you there, Dimarzio is a high profile pickup brand and the price as new reflects it.

If you want to check less known brands try the UK based Iron Gear pickups. They are in your price range, though what to recommend I have no idea. Hammerhead should be bassy but no idea if its mid or treble heavy, smooth or piercing. They do have other models though, check their descriptions. Reviews and Youtube samples are almost nonexistent.

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Peavey Rockmaster preamp

Line6 Pod X3
#19
thomann might be a little cheaper, though if you're only buying the one pickup the postage charge will likely erode most of the savings...

and yeah dimarzios and duncans are dear in europe. just the way it is. that's why, while i have no problem with them as stock pickups, i don't see myself ever buying them to retrofit to a guitar, because there are better-value handwound options.

most of those handwinders could make you a custom pickup, if you know the type of tone you want. whether that'll bump up the price, though, I dunno.
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#20
Doesn't STEWMAC ship internationally?
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#21
I've listened to demos of the Iron gear Hammerhead and they sound pretty promising, any other idea's before i go straight to the hammerheads
#22
If you're willing to go with active pickups, the Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-2 are actually something you should look into. They're eq'ed at: 7, 9, 5 (bass, mid, treble). They're quite balanced. I too play a lot of Thrash, Heavy Metal, and Hard Rock. And they get a great low end, have lots of mid-punch, and a decent amount of highs.

The only disadvantage is, you'd have to get an active neck pickup. I use the Blackouts AHB-1 in the neck position, which are advertised as a solo pickup. They're eq'ed at: 6, 5, 8 (bass, mid, treble). I also use this pickup for cleans.

If you've ever heard EMG's, the Blackouts are comparable to them (the AHB-1 to the EMG81 & AHB-2 to the EMG85). They're a lot cleaner sounding than EMGs, imho. I'd highly recommend Blackouts.

Just a note: you will have to eq your amp differently than you would with most passive pickups. Active pickups were originally designed for jazz, so they can sound great clean or distorted -- but you have to eq your amp correctly!
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#23
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If you're willing to go with active pickups, the Seymour Duncan Blackouts AHB-2 are actually something you should look into. They're eq'ed at: 7, 9, 5 (bass, mid, treble). They're quite balanced. I too play a lot of Thrash, Heavy Metal, and Hard Rock. And they get a great low end, have lots of mid-punch, and a decent amount of highs.

The only disadvantage is, you'd have to get an active neck pickup. I use the Blackouts AHB-1 in the neck position, which are advertised as a solo pickup. They're eq'ed at: 6, 5, 8 (bass, mid, treble). I also use this pickup for cleans.

If you've ever heard EMG's, the Blackouts are comparable to them (the AHB-1 to the EMG81 & AHB-2 to the EMG85). They're a lot cleaner sounding than EMGs, imho. I'd highly recommend Blackouts.

Just a note: you will have to eq your amp differently than you would with most passive pickups. Active pickups were originally designed for jazz, so they can sound great clean or distorted -- but you have to eq your amp correctly!



However Blackouts are more expensive than any Dimarzio pup here in Europe. Doubly so if you need an active neck pickup aswell.

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Randall RG1503
Bugera 333
Peavey Rockmaster preamp

Line6 Pod X3
#25
I think im leaning towards a hammerhead from irongear, their specs seem pretty promising, also their reviews , if anyone else has any ideas for pups post it
#26
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However Blackouts are more expensive than any Dimarzio pup here in Europe. Doubly so if you need an active neck pickup aswell.

Ah, that's a good point. Didn't think of that. I suppose shipping alone would increase the cost. (I'm fairly certain that Seymour Duncan does more business here in the US.) DiMarzio is a solid company though.
#27
Yeha, u can pick Duncans up for like $50 in the US which is like £35 here.
#28
Btw, has anyone used hammerhead pickups from iron gear o.0, they look a bit like invaders