#1
After years of thought, I've made the decision to replace the PAF Pro pickups in my guitar. They're fantastic for what they do, but unfortunately, they are increasingly incompatible with what I need. They have a great clean tone and sound alright with moderate gain, but they fall short for really cutting through and having a punchy, tight sound. I've been getting really into recording lately and I just need something with some more bite to it. I mostly record various kinds of metal, like progressive and folk. I definitely gravitate towards the "new" metal tones like Periphery and Sylosis have.

The requirements:


Humbuckers (one for bridge, and one for neck)

Passive

Preferably Dimarzio

White coloring (covered white is a bonus)



In another guitar I sold last year I had a liquifire and an x2n and I thought they were alright, but the guitar itself was crappy and hard to play, so that might have colored my opinion them. They were definitely more suited towards what I'm looking for now than my PAF Pros are.
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#2
I can't recommend any DiMarzios. Not that they're bad, just that I have no personal experience with them!

I can, however, recommend:

Tesla
http://www.teslapickups.com/

The VR-Extreme, Nitro or Plasmas might be to your liking, and are generally available in black, white, and sometimes chromed.

RailHammer
http://www.railhammer.com/index.html

The Chisel is the one I'd suggest. Especially since Sylosis has started using Reverend Sensei guitars- one guy uses the HB, the other uses the RA, which has Chisels in the neck and bridge positions.
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/sensei-hb/
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/sensei-ra/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6FoEyW_LQc
Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Jan 2, 2014,
#3
Lace has some offerings that might interst you:

Alumitone Deathbuckers
http://www.lacemusic.com/Alumitone_Deathbucker.php

Finger Burners
http://www.lacemusic.com/fingerburner.php

Bill Kelliher Dissonant Aggressors
http://www.lacemusic.com/kelliher_dissonant_agressors.php

I also really dig the Bareknuckle Rebel Yells.*

https://bareknucklepickups.co.uk/main/pickups.php?cat=humbuckers&sub=contemporary&pickup=rebel_yell


* Yes, I AM a Steve Stevens fanboi. However, it is one of the few pickups I know that is definitely being used by the artist who "designed" or commissioned them- Steve put them in both his personal AND the commercial versions of his Knaggs signature guitar. And he has been using those BKP equipped Knaggs on his latest tour.
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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Jan 2, 2014,
#4
6 string, yeah?

Dimarzio Titans. Jake Bowen's signature pickup and holy **** is it tight. BKPs for 50% of the cost.
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#5
Quote by oneblackened
6 string, yeah?



Forgot to mention that, yes. 6-string, basswood body.


And yeah, I was looking at the Titan on their website. It's definitely an option I'm considering.
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Last edited by StewieSwan at Jan 2, 2014,
#6
Quote by dannyalcatraz
Lace has some offerings that might interst you:

Alumitone Deathbuckers
http://www.lacemusic.com/Alumitone_Deathbucker.php

Finger Burners
http://www.lacemusic.com/fingerburner.php

Bill Kelliher Dissonant Aggressors
http://www.lacemusic.com/kelliher_dissonant_agressors.php

I also really dig the Bareknuckle Rebel Yells.*

https://bareknucklepickups.co.uk/main/pickups.php?cat=humbuckers&sub=contemporary&pickup=rebel_yell


* Yes, I AM a Steve Stevens fanboi. However, it is one of the few pickups I know that is definitely being used by the artist who "designed" or commissioned them- Steve put them in both his personal AND the commercial versions of his Knaggs signature guitar. And he has been using those BKP equipped Knaggs on his latest tour.



Guess I should have mentioned budget, as well. Those are all sweet, but there's no way I can afford $400 just for pickups. No more than $100 per pup.
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#7
OK, then I'll just repeat my suggestion of the RailHammers.
http://www.stewmac.com/Shopping?actn=search&keyword=railhammer+chisel&x=0&y=0

The Teslas are also in your price range, but are harder to find.
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Jan 2, 2014,
#8
And if you want something even beefier, there is the RailHammer Anvil (Chisel vid included for comparison):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BK6kUnLa47I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FcDUT4TlU0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pgejf2Jo2R8
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Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

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#9
Dimarzio super distortion or D activator in the bridge both have bite, move the paf pro to the neck.

or bare knuckle Blackhawk ceramic bridge, move the PAF pro to the neck. I am liking the ceramic Blackhawk more than the SuperDistortion. And the Blackhawk has even more bite and plays clean very well, better than all 3 of these Dimarzios


In my Jackson rr I have Paf Pro N and D-activator B by suggestion of my guitar shop. I was hesitant to put the bridge PAF pro in the neck. But it is pretty sweet in there, worked way better than I thought.
What the hell!!!
#10
Right now I'm leaning towards either dual railhammer or dual x2ns. Thoughts?
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#11
For a Periphery like tone, I would go with either the Dimarzio TITANS (Jake Bowen of Periphery's), BKP Juggernauts (Misha Mansoor of Periphery's)/Aftermaths/Painkiller, or the Fastback Beach Combers (Ryan Bruce's Sig)
#12
Quote by StewieSwan
Right now I'm leaning towards either dual railhammer or dual x2ns. Thoughts?

I went with dual X2N's in one of my RG's and its not worth it. The bridge is great but the neck is definitely disappointing, doesnt pack that much of a punch and doesnt really cut through.

Try the Super 2 in the neck, I have one and it works great!
#13
Quote by tappooh
I went with dual X2N's in one of my RG's and its not worth it. The bridge is great but the neck is definitely disappointing, doesnt pack that much of a punch and doesnt really cut through.

Try the Super 2 in the neck, I have one and it works great!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Wi2kI1-Beo


I asked this guy and he said he'd definitely recommend the dual X2N setup. That's my same guitar as well, so I went ahead and ordered them. If I really don't like the neck, I can always replace it again. It ain't no thang.
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