#1
I'm having a custom guitar made by zoesandra on ebay ,don't know if anyone here's had a chance to play any guitars from this guy but anyway, I'm trying to figure out what kind of pickups to go with. I want this thing to absolutely scream and the pinch harmonics to be insane. If this was y'all's goal what kind if picks would you go with? Active or passive dosent matter
#2
You migh want to try those:



Not sure whether you're a DiMarzio fan.

Also, some additional info might be helpful: What woods is the guitar going to be made of? How many strings? What genre? What sound are you aiming for?
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#3
The hottest pickups you can find are just going to feed back like crazy and kill your articulation. A pickup is a sensor, not a booster. You can always add gain, but you can't subtract it. The hottest I'd go is probably BKP Nailbombs, but even that is a bit too much tbh.

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I like the evos, they have great harmonics and scream, but clean up pretty well. They have a lot of mid though
#5
It's a mahogany body 6 string. I guess the sound I'm looking for would be like a zakk wylde or Michael angelo baito something like that
#6
Ceramic Warpigs is probably the hottest BKPup. Personally I didn't fancy them.
#7
I have a D-Activator X in the bridge of my Bernie Rico Jr. and a D-Activator in the neck, they actually sound really good... The neck is one of the few neck pickups I've ever liked, as it has a rolled off low end and tons of high end, which evens out the position and makes it very clear and punchy.

That being said, I just got a pair of BKP Nailbombs that I'm planning to put in the guitar now; the DiMarzios will go in my Ibanez RG320.

If you want super hot, the BKP Warpig bridge is wound to 21.5KΩ and the neck is 17.4KΩ, they don't list specs for the ceramic ones that I can find, but they should be even hotter. Super high output pickups tend to choke the tone, though. If you have a good amp, with plenty of gain, you don't need the highest output.
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I like the evos, they have great harmonics and scream, but clean up pretty well. They have a lot of mid though


+1.

I have Evos in my Ibanez Sabre and I love them. They fit perfectly with the mahogany body.
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#9
The D Activators in my S420 have the craziest pinch harmonics I've personally used.

Wouldn't particularly say they "scream" though, you want to be looking at pickups with more high end content for that probably.


Nothing wrong with checking out the classic EMG 81/85 either.
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The hottest you can get is the Kent Armstrong M-bucker. It is a double rail pickup making it 2 humbuckers in one so it has a very high output of 27.5. heres the link:


http://www.wdmusic.com/WDMB.html

you can also get it in white or a cool rails version.

People that have used it say it sounds like an EMG 81 but with less highs
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#11
easily this. no question.

resistance 27.5K. nothing touches that.

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easily this. no question.

resistance 27.5K. nothing touches that.

http://www.wdmusic.com/WDMB.html

Good grief, I want to buy it just to say I have one
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#13
Dimarzio X2N used to be the hottest pickup out there and I doubt its not too far behind even today. And its certainly at maximum, even over, than what anyone should really need with todays amps.

Plus I think it sounds great though some people disagree. Not ideal pickup for super tight chugging but for straight out thrashing and tremolo picking deathmetal its spot on. The magnet is ridiculously powerful so you have to keep it relatively far away from strings or it turns to mud easily.

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#14
Take a look at the Duncan Distortion. Not the hottest, but plenty hot and more pinch harmonics then you will ever need. If you want a heavier tone, try Duncan's Black Winter or Invader.
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easily this. no question.

resistance 27.5K. nothing touches that.

http://www.wdmusic.com/WDMB.html


Now they just need to make a stacked humbucker out of two of those.
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easily this. no question.

resistance 27.5K. nothing touches that.

http://www.wdmusic.com/WDMB.html


Resistance, of course, doesn't mean much; you have to know what the magnet structure is before you can make any assessment of output.
#17
i had X2N's that went through three or four guitars until i sold it. it had output that was insane, but just hott as ****. not even usable IMO.

some like them some don't. but i think just about anybody who hasn't played upper scale pickups could agree are the hottest.
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Yea my original plan was to get a set of the zakk wylde signatures. Just seems like everyone's got EMGs. I was curious if there was anything better since I don't know much about pick ups
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Yea my original plan was to get a set of the zakk wylde signatures. Just seems like everyone's got EMGs. I was curious if there was anything better since I don't know much about pick ups

Even though you want gain, it sounds like you want to solo, which also means having articulation. Getting the highest output passive pickups you can isn't really the means by which to go about doing that. You should really look into the sort of rigs your favorite artists are using and go from there.
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#21
hot pups? how about Kent Armstrong MOTHERBUCKER,Schaller Hot stuff
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#22
I'm a big fan of the Gibson 500T, if you can find one used that would be an excellent pickup. Flying V's and Explorers come with them factory, and absolutely scream in high gain applications. I wouldn't buy one new as there are better pickups I'm sure, but for around $50 used you can't beat it imo.
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I'm a big fan of the Gibson 500T, if you can find one used that would be an excellent pickup. Flying V's and Explorers come with them factory, and absolutely scream in high gain applications. I wouldn't buy one new as there are better pickups I'm sure, but for around $50 used you can't beat it imo.


+3.1415 i love the 500t i have one on my gothic gibson V (stock),\. i bought another 500t to stick in one of my LP's. sounds great.
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#24
Quote by Draco H.
The hottest you can get is the Kent Armstrong M-bucker. It is a double rail pickup making it 2 humbuckers in one so it has a very high output of 27.5. heres the link:


http://www.wdmusic.com/WDMB.html

you can also get it in white or a cool rails version.

People that have used it say it sounds like an EMG 81 but with less highs


i want feedback from some who has played them. i almost want a HHH setup with them and see if i can make a black hole.
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#25
What amp are you playing through?

Ive seen zakk plays guitars with vintage (low/med output) pickups, and they still scream when he does pinch harmonics.

If anything it snarls on a different spot in the spectrum but not less.

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#26
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I have a D-Activator X in the bridge of my Bernie Rico Jr. and a D-Activator in the neck, they actually sound really good... The neck is one of the few neck pickups I've ever liked, as it has a rolled off low end and tons of high end, which evens out the position and makes it very clear and punchy.

That being said, I just got a pair of BKP Nailbombs that I'm planning to put in the guitar now; the DiMarzios will go in my Ibanez RG320.

If you want super hot, the BKP Warpig bridge is wound to 21.5KΩ and the neck is 17.4KΩ, they don't list specs for the ceramic ones that I can find, but they should be even hotter. Super high output pickups tend to choke the tone, though. If you have a good amp, with plenty of gain, you don't need the highest output.


Hi MC,

What is your opinion on the D-Activator X Bridge?

I have one installed on my PRS SE245. It sounds really compressed and thick (which I like). Which neck pickup do you recommend to work with the DAX bridge? I'm more in the modern side of it, the stock neck pickup in the SE245 sounds just little too vintage to me.
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If I understand your mindset, you want to build something special, something different to the hoi poloi. Correct? The Kent Armstrong M-bucker would certainly fit the bill but 'twer I you I'd just go for whichever BKP tickles your fancy.
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Gibson 500T's very, very similar to Duncan Distortions. They're very harmonically rich and have a lot of output.
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Gibson 500T's very, very similar to Duncan Distortions. They're very harmonically rich and have a lot of output.
I have to disagree with this, Distortions are a lot brighter and has a little more of everything the 500T does. Anything brighter than a 500T is overkill IMO, 500T sounds bigger and has a looser low end where the Distortion is a hair tighter and doesn't sound as massive.

A SD Custom is similar to a 500T though
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BKP C-Pig is really hot, and surprisingly clear.
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