#1
Back story- I picked up a used Ibanez Prestige for a pretty decent price. The pickups have been replaced by the previous owner and, to my ear, sound off. The neck pickup is very bassy when playing clean blues type stuff and the bridge pickup sounds just like a 80s shred guitar- full of treble. Almost screechy. They are Dimarzio pickups but I forget which ones they are.

My playing style is general hard rock, classic metal and blues. From classic blues to Metallica, Ozzy, Slayer, and plenty of 80's-90's era rock and metal.

Looking to replace the pickups. These look like a pretty good match for my playing style at a pretty reasonable price. What is everyone's thought on this set, or another?

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Last edited by Jeffh40 at Feb 26, 2016,
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What amp do you have?
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#3
XXX 212

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#4
So is it the fact there's too much treble that's an issue? If so I'd suggest a warmer pickup like a Custom Custom. Don't worry about the slightly lower output, that amp has more than enough gain to comp for it,
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So is it the fact there's too much treble that's an issue?


In the bridge pickup it is, in the neck it is too bassy.


I just got home and popped the pickups out to see what they were.

Dimarzio DP 151 in the bridge and 155 in the neck. After a little reading on them, it Seems like these pickups might be better suited to be swapped positions than replaced. Anyone have experience with these?
#6
i like the tone zone in the bridge. i am not a huge fan of the PAF in the neck. as far as my preferences regarding pickups in my prestiges, that i really like the liquifire in the neck position. the air norton is OK too, but the liquifire is a little more sweet.

i am not really a fan of the JB, however that is just me, as tons of people do like them. the jazz is pretty nice, but i have very little experience with them compared to other pickups.

super distortions are awesome for 80's rock metal though (but that doesn't solve your issue regarding the neck pickup).
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I might look at the Custom for the bridge. The JB is great, but not as tight as the Custom- the JB does 80s hard rock really well, but the Custom does 90s and metal better. For the neck, I'd look at something like the Alnico II Pro, which has a more bluesy sound than the Jazz. The Jazz is good for very open, clean, and tight distorted sounds, but lacks the warmth for blues.
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I have a custom (Sh-5) in my LP and love it. I have had a JB in a couple of guitars before, but honestly prefer the Custom.
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i love the distortion in my tele.
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I have the JB/Jazz set in my Jackson Kelly, which is an alder body. They're great pickups, pretty versatile. The JB has been used by players in many different genres, and the Jazz is also a great tone both clean (hence the name) and distorted. Some people have found that the JB requires a bit of pole piece adjustment to sound its best; I agree but YMMV. How they'll compare to the PUs in your guitar now or to some of those mentioned by others here, I don't know, but I know it's not hard to get a good sound out of them.
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Thanks for the input guys. After some more reading, it seems to me that I would like the pickups in the guitar as long as they were swapped positions.

That was tonight's job. After the swap, DP 155 in the bridge and DP 151 in the neck.

Still working on setting it back up but so far, the bridge pickup seems to be much better. No more excessive treble and the little I played on the neck sounds better without the booming bass.

Almost sounds to me like the person who put them in the guitar got them in the wrong spot...
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Quote by Jeffh40
In the bridge pickup it is, in the neck it is too bassy.


I just got home and popped the pickups out to see what they were.

Dimarzio DP 151 in the bridge and 155 in the neck. After a little reading on them, it Seems like these pickups might be better suited to be swapped positions than replaced. Anyone have experience with these?


yeah swap them, there's your problem

that being said I like the paf pro in the bridge- but with another paf pro in the neck or even something lower in output, not with a TZ in the neck!

EDIT: ah you've done it already, good call
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