#1
So I've been wanting to swap out the pickups in my ESP LTD EC-330; the ESP ones are okay, but not the best.

So I was wondering what you guys think would be best. I've been looking into EMGs, Seymour Duncans, DiMarzios, etc.; I don't know a whole lot about pickups so any advice/suggestions would help
Guitars:
-Gibson Les Paul Custom Shop Silverburst (Invader/'59)
-Fender Standard Telecaster HH Black (SH-5/'59)
-Fender Standard Stratocaster HH White (Nazgul/'59)
-Austin Guitars Les Paul Goldtop Copy (Distortion/'59)
-Ovation ApplauseAE44II Elite Black Acoustic


Amps/Cabs
-Peavey 6505+
-Peavey Stereo Chorus 2x12 Combo
-Behringer Ultracoustic ACX450 1x8 Acoustic Combo
-Marshall MX2x12 Cabinet


Wayyyyy too many effects pedals...
Last edited by MusicMan24 at May 20, 2014,
#2
It may help if you post what you're trying to play
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#3
I play a lot of Shinedown, Halestorm, Volbeat, A7X, FFDP, etc.
Guitars:
-Gibson Les Paul Custom Shop Silverburst (Invader/'59)
-Fender Standard Telecaster HH Black (SH-5/'59)
-Fender Standard Stratocaster HH White (Nazgul/'59)
-Austin Guitars Les Paul Goldtop Copy (Distortion/'59)
-Ovation ApplauseAE44II Elite Black Acoustic


Amps/Cabs
-Peavey 6505+
-Peavey Stereo Chorus 2x12 Combo
-Behringer Ultracoustic ACX450 1x8 Acoustic Combo
-Marshall MX2x12 Cabinet


Wayyyyy too many effects pedals...
#4
Quote by MusicMan24
I play a lot of Shinedown, Halestorm, Volbeat, A7X, FFDP, etc.

So you need a versatile pickup, cleans and distorted. Any particular tone your going for? very bassy, middy etc? Do you want very tight low end punch or overall versatility. Right now im thinking either bareknuckle C-bombs (ceramic nailbombs) or aftermaths
-Main Gear-
ESP Ltd V-401 + D Activator N&B
De Armond/Guild 2000 M72 Bluesbird w/ USA Toastertops
Peavey JSX & XXL
Mesa Boogie Rectifier Vertical 2x12
Airis Effects Savage Drive
#5
Quote by TYSHADOWS
So you need a versatile pickup, cleans and distorted. Any particular tone your going for? very bassy, middy etc? Do you want very tight low end punch or overall versatility. Right now im thinking either bareknuckle C-bombs (ceramic nailbombs) or aftermaths


Well like I said, I play a lot of Shinedown, so I'm thinking for middy, but I still like to be able to get heavier tones as well.


EDIT: Man, those Bare Knuckle pickups are probably a little expensive for me. I'm in about the $200 to $250 range
Guitars:
-Gibson Les Paul Custom Shop Silverburst (Invader/'59)
-Fender Standard Telecaster HH Black (SH-5/'59)
-Fender Standard Stratocaster HH White (Nazgul/'59)
-Austin Guitars Les Paul Goldtop Copy (Distortion/'59)
-Ovation ApplauseAE44II Elite Black Acoustic


Amps/Cabs
-Peavey 6505+
-Peavey Stereo Chorus 2x12 Combo
-Behringer Ultracoustic ACX450 1x8 Acoustic Combo
-Marshall MX2x12 Cabinet


Wayyyyy too many effects pedals...
Last edited by MusicMan24 at May 21, 2014,
#6
if you go SD, the '59 neck pickup is pretty versatile and nice for thick leads. i am not extremely experienced with SD other than the Duncan Distortion and JB for bridge.

i gravitate toward dimarzio, but mainly on ibanez's/

if you like EMG's, i am not a huge fan of 81's.i like the 85 in the bridge and 60 in the neck.

there are a few similar models of EMG actives.

passive EMGs are pure shit.

SD blackouts are well received but i have never put them in one of my guitars. so i don't really know.
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#7
Quote by MusicMan24
Well like I said, I play a lot of Shinedown, so I'm thinking for middy, but I still like to be able to get heavier tones as well.


EDIT: Man, those Bare Knuckle pickups are probably a little expensive for me. I'm in about the $200 to $250 range


Gotcha, i would suggest either the Dimarzio D Activator set (i have these in my current axe and i love em to death) or the SD distortion bridge 59 neck. Both would probobly fit your needs. Id check them out. I only have experiance with the dimarziod but feel free to ask any questions about them, phenominal pickups.
-Main Gear-
ESP Ltd V-401 + D Activator N&B
De Armond/Guild 2000 M72 Bluesbird w/ USA Toastertops
Peavey JSX & XXL
Mesa Boogie Rectifier Vertical 2x12
Airis Effects Savage Drive
#8
Thanks for the input so far guys, I'll definitely check these out
Guitars:
-Gibson Les Paul Custom Shop Silverburst (Invader/'59)
-Fender Standard Telecaster HH Black (SH-5/'59)
-Fender Standard Stratocaster HH White (Nazgul/'59)
-Austin Guitars Les Paul Goldtop Copy (Distortion/'59)
-Ovation ApplauseAE44II Elite Black Acoustic


Amps/Cabs
-Peavey 6505+
-Peavey Stereo Chorus 2x12 Combo
-Behringer Ultracoustic ACX450 1x8 Acoustic Combo
-Marshall MX2x12 Cabinet


Wayyyyy too many effects pedals...
#9
Seymour Duncan JB / '59.

Or EMG 81 / 85.
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#11
Forgot to add, the D- Activators are passive, but are designed to hit the amp hard to simulate what an active does (actives are actually low output). The distortion is meant to sound like an active (articulate, pronounced, in your face) while the cleans are designed to be better, more versatile as well. especially coil tapped properly, crazy sexy cleans coil tapped. Does low gain sounds well too, and less compressed than the EMGs i replaced

EDIT: and not D-Activator X, those or more designed for djent, just straight up D-Activator. Theyre also designed to be used as a set (equal volume wise etc)
-Main Gear-
ESP Ltd V-401 + D Activator N&B
De Armond/Guild 2000 M72 Bluesbird w/ USA Toastertops
Peavey JSX & XXL
Mesa Boogie Rectifier Vertical 2x12
Airis Effects Savage Drive
Last edited by TYSHADOWS at May 21, 2014,
#12
+1 on the D-activator combo.
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#13
Duncan Distortion would work great for a more striking, modern sound from the bridge. I had one and it was great for pulling off modern rock/alternative metal. I'd pair it with a '59 or Jazz in the neck.
#14
if you go EMG, my preference is 85/60, not a huge fan of the 81 personally
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