#1
Okay so I'm getting an Ibanez Iron Label RG7 with exotic blue sunburst wood, and I'm super excited. But the thing is, it comes with a set of EMG707's, and I heard comparisons with the EMG81-7's and the 707's just seem muffled and not as crisp (I like the crisp deep chugga chugga's I can get with my Schecter Hellraiser C-7 frs with EMG81-7's). Here's my dilemma; My Hellraiser has a sustainiac for a neck pickup, and let me say that when it's not in sustainer mode (which it autoroutes through the bridge for the input) the pickup that came with the sustainiac is absolutely wonderful! It's got a perfect warm/deep clear tone while on a clean channel and distorted, it has a great deep "pop" sound to it, and when doing things like sweeping, the pops of the pick hitting the strings are pretty noticeable and it's great.

But I want a pair of pickups for my Ibby that will work great in mixed mode. And all of the conventional metal active pairs like the EMG81 or Blackouts seem to have such a bright sound to them. In my opinion, I hate clean brights. It's ear piercing, tinny, and it's annoying. I instead love the deep rich warm tones. Which neck pickups can I use that will match with an EMG81-7 bridge (match as in have proper in/out phase to cancel humming and have same output levels) to get a nice deep warm tone? Im assuming it would have to be active as well.

Thanks in advance, I'm trying to reach the tone I want here
Last edited by King Elijah at Aug 12, 2015,
#2
Sorry if this is not a useful response, but that Ibby's got a tone knob, right? What's wrong with using that?

Besides, play the guitar before you decide what you like and what you don't.
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Sorry if this is not a useful response, but that Ibby's got a tone knob, right? What's wrong with using that?

Besides, play the guitar before you decide what you like and what you don't.


It does, but I find that sometimes when using tone knobs to turn down the brightness gives it a slightly muffled sound when compared to a warmer pickup with all its tone still present. If that makes sense. And I've played a prestige and boy the neck was thin and wonderful.
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Why did you delete the other thread you made?

It was absolutely identical to this one.
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Why did you delete the other thread you made?

It was absolutely identical to this one.


I didn't delete it, but that one had a whole plethora of other questions about dual pickups and battery usage (neck and bridge versions of the same pickup) and I wanted to narrow this down a bit now that I have the information from that.

I'm actually now looking at the EMG89 neck. I have that on a 6 string Hellraiser and it can be split. But the question is that the Ibanez I'm getting doesn't have a split coil function already built in so what are the modifications I need to get that to work?
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I didn't delete it, but that one had a whole plethora of other questions about dual pickups and battery usage (neck and bridge versions of the same pickup) and I wanted to narrow this down a bit now that I have the information from that.

I'm actually now looking at the EMG89 neck. I have that on a 6 string Hellraiser and it can be split. But the question is that the Ibanez I'm getting doesn't have a split coil function already built in so what are the modifications I need to get that to work?

You aren't allowed to make multiple threads on the same guitars. It's against the rules.

You cannot do coil tapping on regular EMG's. The 89's have a third coil (and a secondary preamp for that third coil) built into their casing that runs independently of the regular humbucker that activates when the pickup is tapped. Regular EMG's do not.
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You aren't allowed to make multiple threads on the same guitars. It's against the rules.

Ah then I apologize, although now it's more of the comparability of the pickups.
I know the standard EMGs can't coil tap, but I meant installing the EMG89's, then wouldn't I be able to get that function?
#8
the EMG 85 is the warmest... which the 707 is the closest version. If it were passive the Dimarzio Air Norton 7 would be your best choice
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I am not a seven string poayer, but as far as standard emg's go, the 60 is the warmest. The 60 has a couple of variants, 60x and 60 a or something like that.

A DiMarzio liquifire sounds up your alley. I have the 6 string model liquifire and love it. I also played a seven with one and i really liked it. That would mean going passive though.
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Personally I'd say the 60-7AX (if they even make that... Maybe the 60-7X) is your best option.
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