#1
I already have a Super Distortion bridge in my S421. I'm trying to find something that might possibly complement that pickup. The S421 has a 5-way switch also if that helps figure things out. I play all kinds of tunings on this guitar but drop C would probably be most common on this guitar. I play this guitar a lot more seriously than my RG.

Styles I'm most likely going to use this for: melodic metalcore and groove

Now I know I should feel like I shouldn't otherwise bother with RG120, but instead I'm feeling experimental with it. I'm thinking of picking up a Crunchy Rails pickup but haven't decided on either neck or bridge position. I'm planning on making this guitar my muddier/grindier-sounding guitar and playing it in standard E/drop D (higher tuning has better tension on the cheap tremolo bridge) but using more lower-end effects.

Styles that I will probably use this for: industrial, thrash/groove, aggro/nu-metal.

Not sure what else to say about this. I just feel like looking into expanding my sound a bit.
Gear:
Ibanez RG2EX1 Gravity Storm(neck)/X2N(bridge) Drop Db
Ibanez S421 Air Norton(neck)/Super Distortion(bridge) Drop D
7th Heaven->ML-2->Dr. Boogie->Zoom G3->GE-7->NS-2->Mute
Line 6 Spider II HD150+foot pedal
Some 4x12 cab

#2
So, you're looking for a neck pickup for S421? Or both pups on both guitars?
#3
Sorry if I was unclear about this but: Yes, I'm looking for a neck pickup for my S421 for sure. The RG120 will most likely get a Crunchy Rails pickup but I haven't figured out which position so I need to figure out something else I could put in there as well. Also, the RG only has a 3-way switch. Passive pickups only.
Gear:
Ibanez RG2EX1 Gravity Storm(neck)/X2N(bridge) Drop Db
Ibanez S421 Air Norton(neck)/Super Distortion(bridge) Drop D
7th Heaven->ML-2->Dr. Boogie->Zoom G3->GE-7->NS-2->Mute
Line 6 Spider II HD150+foot pedal
Some 4x12 cab

Last edited by FoX KiLLa at Jan 19, 2014,
#4
Air Norton for the S421.

For the RG120, perhaps a DiMarzio X2N. Its actually a surprisingly good pickup, just ****ing crazy output.

I feel like DiMarzios are the best option for budget pickups. They are much cheaper than Duncans. I have a GFS set and I feel very "eh" about them. Not really worth that $20 you're saving IMO.
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#5
Quote by Offworld92
For the RG120, perhaps a DiMarzio X2N. Its actually a surprisingly good pickup, just ****ing crazy output.

I feel like DiMarzios are the best option for budget pickups. They are much cheaper than Duncans. I have a GFS set and I feel very "eh" about them. Not really worth that $20 you're saving IMO.


I hear ya on the X2N. It's just that I was Googling for "crunchy pickups" other than the Crunchlab and the Crunchy Rails came up and had some decent reviews but not too expensive. I don't feel like dropping a whole lot of money into pickups for the RG120.
Gear:
Ibanez RG2EX1 Gravity Storm(neck)/X2N(bridge) Drop Db
Ibanez S421 Air Norton(neck)/Super Distortion(bridge) Drop D
7th Heaven->ML-2->Dr. Boogie->Zoom G3->GE-7->NS-2->Mute
Line 6 Spider II HD150+foot pedal
Some 4x12 cab

#6
I like the Crunch Lab. I had a Crunchy Rails it wasn't great. GFS has a few sets of pick ups I really really like (Li'l Killers/Punchers Fat Pats and mean 90's) but the crunchy rail didn't do it for me.

But I have a Crunch Lab I really like it, its a really balanced pickup.
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#7
I'll throw a line out for Irongear pups. I have one in my SG and I prefer it over the Duncans I've had. You could look at some of their higher output stuff.
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#8
To match the Super Distortion, I'd grab either the liquifire or illuminator neck. Basically just tighter/not muddy air nortons.
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#9
Hrm, Irongears don't appear to be too easy to come by in the US. I looked at a Dirty Torque at a retail in the UK and it looks like it would cost me $64 shipped. Maybe not a horrible price but I was hoping for a slightly more cost effective selection.

Right now I've come across what looks like a set of X2N power rail copies by Dragonfire. They don't seem to have as high of output as the Crunchy Rails. They go for only $35 on eBay for both neck and bridge set. I was thinking about trying those out.

Like I said, not looking to drop too much money on this (for my RG120 that is).
Gear:
Ibanez RG2EX1 Gravity Storm(neck)/X2N(bridge) Drop Db
Ibanez S421 Air Norton(neck)/Super Distortion(bridge) Drop D
7th Heaven->ML-2->Dr. Boogie->Zoom G3->GE-7->NS-2->Mute
Line 6 Spider II HD150+foot pedal
Some 4x12 cab

Last edited by FoX KiLLa at Jan 19, 2014,
#10
Dragonfire is shit AFAIK.

GFS is a safe bet.
Spin 'round carousel when your horse isn't screwed in.

My band:
Fractured Instinct
(For fans of Death/Groove/Prog Metal)

Ibanez RGA42E
Ibanez S420
LTD H-301
Ibanez RG520
Peavey Predator USA
Douglas Grendel 725
Line 6 Pod HD500X