#1
So I just picked up a very heavily used Ibanez RG321MH. I'm thinking this will be my metal guitar and I'm looking to replace the stock pickups. I was considering Seymour Duncan JB/Jazz combo, would this be a good replacement? Any other pickups I should be considering? Thanks.
#2
What would a set of John Petrucci Crunch Lab and Liquifire pickups sound like in my guitar? Will the mahogany body make much of a difference to the sound?
#3
Depends on your amp.
Will the mahogany body make much of a difference to the sound?

Not really, no.
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The mahogany won't make a difference when the guitar is plugged into the amp.

You should stalk the thomann website, they have demos for every single pick-up (as far as I know) and it's a generally good estimate of what they kind of sound like. I mean it's not perfect, because well different amp etc, but it'll get you the idea:

http://www.thomann.de/gb/dimarzio_crunch_lab_dp228_bk.htm

Personally, I prefer DiMarzio over Seymour Duncans, but each to their own.

Edit:

So I went off on a pick-up listening binge... and holy shit I have fallen in love with the Seymour Distortion SH-6 Distortion Mayhem set:

http://www.thomann.de/gb/seymour_duncan_ssh6_set_distortion_mayhem.htm

I've bought two. For me and what I want from a guitar tone, they slaughter the jazz pick up, but again, each to their own:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtVxuTL5Fic
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I got a Dimarzio Paf Jo and Dimarzio pro jo in my shred guitar. Works great. I have tried an Air Noirton and Air classic for a lower power setup sounded great. I had a Duncan JB in one of my partscasters and was not fond of that pickup.
#7
I have an RG270 with the CrunchLab/Liquifire set and I really like it. Actually sounds pretty killer through my Bandit for bedroom practice, plenty of chunk and midrange grind I like. JB/Jazz combo is a safe choice too. They'll cover just about any style fairly well.

Is there anything specific you're looking for in your pickups? More clarity, output, different tone, anything like that?
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For a heavily used guitar, definitely check out ebay for used pups. No point spending twice as much on new ones when they will sound the same.
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I have the CL/LQ setup in a prestige. Great combination.

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#10
I need to do a proper setup on this guitar before I change anything in it. Lots of fret buzz all over the neck. This guitar was abused.
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So I just picked up a very heavily used Ibanez RG321MH. I'm thinking this will be my metal guitar and I'm looking to replace the stock pickups. I was considering Seymour Duncan JB/Jazz combo, would this be a good replacement? Any other pickups I should be considering? Thanks.


Depends on the kind of metal...if you are into 80s hard rock (what was called metal then), I'd go with the JB/Jazz. More modern metal I'd look at the Sentient/Pegasus, or even the black Winters for serious death.
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#12
Depends on the kind of metal...if you are into 80s hard rock (what was called metal then), I'd go with the JB/Jazz. More modern metal I'd look at the Sentient/Pegasus, or even the black Winters for serious death.


I'm not into the 80's metal. Modern for me.
#13
Can someone link me to a site with information on doing Ibanez setups on a hardtail guitar? I haven't worked on an Ibanez in years.
#14
Yeah then the Sentient/Pegasus or Black Winters would be my choice.
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