#1
I was thinking about swapping my bridge pickup (an SD Invader) to an SD Distortion. would this be a good idea? I generally play metal (different subgenres), so which one would better fit my playing style?
#2
You realized you asked us which pup would be better for your style, without giving any info whatsoever about your style, right?

Be as specific as possible. What bands have a sound you'd like to get close to, or your like something about?

What guitar is it going in, what amp are you using?
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#3
distortion is probably a fair bit brighter and more classic-sounding, i think. from (pretty hazy) memory.
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#4
ok, i play an old Ibanez RG 170 with the Invader in the bridge already, i generally play Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and maybe some Avenged Sevenfold, i use my bridge pickup basically for the rhythm. My effects include the MXR overdrive (cant remember the actual name), and a Dunlop Cry Baby.
#5
what's your amp?

but yeah for most of those apart from maybe a7x, i reckon the distortion would be better.
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#6
Yes, the Distortion would be a far, far better choice for those sounds than the Invader.

Also look at the JB, and the EMG 81/85 set.
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(For fans of Death/Groove/Prog Metal)

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Ibanez S420
LTD H-301
Ibanez RG520
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Douglas Grendel 725
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#7
For that music SD DV Livewire pickups would probably work best. The bridge is a JB on steroids basically
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#8
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Yes, the Distortion would be a far, far better choice for those sounds than the Invader.

Also look at the JB, and the EMG 81/85 set.



I put a distortion in one of mine and I love it for the sounds You are after. I had an invader in there previously.

I think the invaders are better for low tuning, while the distortion for more normal pitches.

For low tuning I am talking B and lower. C could be either but favorable with the invader.
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#9
I'm using the Invader I got from you in C Std right now, and I'm not super happy with it. I'm looking for Distortions on eBay right now, actually.

It just doesn't have great definition/clarity, at least not as much as I'd like.
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Ibanez S420
LTD H-301
Ibanez RG520
Peavey Predator USA
Douglas Grendel 725
Line 6 Pod HD500X
#10
Well the distortion that replaced it I like 10x more.

Thinking about putting one in the bridge of my KV-2.
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#11
The Invader is one of the worst sounding pickups I've ever heard, to the point of which I'd probably never even consider buying a guitar if it had them installed. The Distortion, on the other hand, is a great pickup, though I still prefer the JB.
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#12
The JB is like a more organic SH6. But it has Alnico V magnets and the SH6 has ceramic which make the SH6 a bit more aggressive in nature
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#13
^ Yeah pretty much. I've heard (but haven't corroborated) that the winds on the JB and distortion are pretty similar.
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#14
I have not heard Invader personally but the clips I've heard and impressions I've read tell me that its very thick and heavy sounding, some even call muddy. For playing oldschool death metal like Morbid Angel that calls for crushing, doomy tone it may be the pickup to go to but otherwise it divides opinions. Just my two cents on that one.

For the stuff you play I bet the Distortion or JB would be better choices, that I am sure of.

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