#1
Hello,

I have a Japan-made Ibanez that is made in 1980. It is really great guitar to play as it is well-adjusted. Its frets are more and more worn and it has required adjustments to keep and out of buzzing and sounding like a total crap. Currently there's no buzzing (only some weird harmonic buzz on G-note).

Its body and neck are made of mahogany and the fretboard is rosewood. Acoustically it sounds deep, full and little bit dark. It lacks some high frequencys, but I don't mind that. All that potential is limited by my original Ibanez humbucker microphones that are worn-out by-time. The mics sound flat and there's no sharpness. They don't seperate different tones well and they don't sound well. I recently tried a two-hundred-bucks Ibanez and sadly it sounded better to my ear.

So I am going to buy a new pair of microphones. I need some advice for purchasing them. I need punch and sensitivity to play metal, but I'd like to keep a smooth touch for clean sounds and a possibility to variate between those two. I know that the guitar is not designed to hardcore metal and so on, but I need to make the guitar sound better. I'd like to keep the guitar look pretty much original, so I would personally keep out of black casings/microphones.

Here's a picture of a similiar guitar: http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/UncleSkeleton/st55.jpg

Blacknex
Last edited by blacknex at Jan 9, 2014,
#2
What amp are you using?

Pickups don't "wear out." The magnets lose a little pull after many years but it's a very small effect and it is often found to be a pleasant effect. If your guitar sounds bad either the pickups were just always crappy or the guitar itself sounds bad independent of the pickups.
#3
If you're still looking after checking out the guitar (and amp) per Roc's suggestions, you may want new pups.

Given your concern over the pickup's visual aesthetics as well as their tonal qualities, I recommend these:

Tesla OPUS-1
http://www.teslapickups.com/?products=opus-1

Tesla VR-Extreme
http://www.teslapickups.com/?products=vr-extreme

I have the VR-Extreme and a pair of singlecoil versions of the OPUS pickups in a HSS custom build, and they're very good for everything from jazz to classic rock to 1980's metal. And they're both available in cream.
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#4
Quote by Roc8995
What amp are you using?

Pickups don't "wear out." The magnets lose a little pull after many years but it's a very small effect and it is often found to be a pleasant effect. If your guitar sounds bad either the pickups were just always crappy or the guitar itself sounds bad independent of the pickups.


The guitar itself sounds good unplugged. There is long sustain and it is loud. I really do suspect the microphones because of this. The sound of them are just too messy.