#1
Hey there,

I have an Ibanez RG350DXZ with stock pickups. Ever since i bought this guitar, it bugs me how horrible it sounds with distortion. It's ok with clean tone but when i try to play anything heavy it just sounds plain bad.

I have a Roland Cube 20 XL amp and a bunch of effect pedals. I usually use the amp's effects but it doesn't make much difference. I also have Guitar Rig 5 on my pc and amplitube on my Ipad. But it sounds bad with all.

My question is should I get a new set of pickups and if yes, what pickups should I get?

I have a dent on one frent and gonna take to guitar to repairment to get that fixed. I'd like to get pickups replaced too but would it be better to give up on this one and just buy a new guitar?

Thanks for any reply.
#4
ibanez stock pickups are known to be generally mediocre (or worse)

that being said your modelling amp might not notice a massive improvement with new pickups (there'll be some, but modellers tend to minimise the difference). it could be the amp which is the problem.

have you played other guitars/amps which you liked the sound of?
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#5
Yea I've played it with some Marshall amps at studio but it still sounded terrible.


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ibanez stock pickups are known to be generally mediocre (or worse)

that being said your modelling amp might not notice a massive improvement with new pickups (there'll be some, but modellers tend to minimise the difference). it could be the amp which is the problem.

have you played other guitars/amps which you liked the sound of?
#6
The pickups in those things are, like Dave said, mediocre but I wouldn't exactly class them as terrible sounding especially through a half-decent amp - I'm wondering if you've got some dodgy wiring in there or maybe a dirty selector switch.

Might be worth taking it to a friendly guitar shop to try it through one of the good amps and ask the guy in the store for a second opinion. Of course he might say it's shit to try and get you to buy some pickups...
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#7
^ yeah.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Presumably because the CCF (Combined Corksniffing Forces) of MLP and Gibson forums would rise up against them, plunging the land into war.

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