#1
Hey guys.

So I play on this nice old Guild Solid Body electric guitar (S300D to be exact) from the 70's but the original Dimarzio pickps inside just don't really cut it anymore and also are so noisy with distortion and I don't know the first thing as far as getting nice new passive pickups for the guitar. I want something with really nice full and lush cleans and also something that would also be suitable for playing some heavy metal here and there. Somebody suggested to me that getting PRS brand pickups might be the way to go, but I'm also very curious to hear about Seymour Duncan and Dimarzio Neck and Bridge Pickups.

What do you guys think?
Last edited by zorkychild at Feb 16, 2015,
#2
From my experience PRS pickups are pretty good all-arounders. I've said it before on here my Tremonti treble/bass setup is probably the best passive set I have. Seymour Duncan has the famous JB/59 and JB/Jazz combos that a lot of guitars come with nowadays. My preference being the latter having both at one point....but that's just my ears. Got a price range?
#7
SD 59''s are nice in the neck. if you go SD, you may want to look into a custom, JB,and a duncan distortion.

dimarzio has a lot of good options. i have the tone zone/air norton combination and one with the Crunch lab/liquifire combinaton and love them. but mine are in prestige ibanez' which are quite different than what you have by a lot. but the super distortions are great.

you may also want to look into lace. they have some nice stuff. there are dozens of boutique pickups builders out there, i don't have any experience with them, but see what some others say for other ideas.
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I like the SD '59, and Lace should have some good options for you as well. Other makers to investigate include Tesla, Vintage Vibe, Rio Grande, Bareknuckle, RailHammer, and The Creamery.

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You can email Bareknuckle for recommendations: sales[at]bareknucklepickups.co.uk

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do you generally use the bridge pickup for distortion and the neck pickup for cleans? or do you use both for both?
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You can email Bareknuckle for recommendations: sales[at]bareknucklepickups.co.uk

Don't forget to list your amp and guitar, and what you want to achieve.

Good point!

After contacting a couple dozen over the years on various projects, I've actually found most pickup makers are willing to give you suggestions about which of their pickups would work for your purposes.
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#12
Left field recommendation here. I love my Lace Dissonant Aggressors for everything. Even the other stuff in the Lace Sensor line (like the Hemis, which may be more your taste) are all spectacular pickups.
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