#1
Hello everyone, this is my first post ever, I'm new to this site. So I have been playing guitar for several years now and I play with a band as the lead player. I do have experience with sounds but I just wanted to ask about pickup in this particular guitar. So I have a 2014 Flying V History, http://www.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Flying-V/Gibson-USA/Flying-V-History.aspx, and it has '57 Classics in it. I love this guitar and I love the sound it has with my Marshall (though Im soon going to get a Mesa). I was just wondering, the other day I was at Guitar Centre and I played the James Hetfield Iron cross signature and I loved the sound of the Het Set EMG pickups. I know the process to put it in my V, but I was just wondering, how do you think that would sound and is it even worth attempting? I love playing thrash metal with the guys, but I am too a big blues player on my own (hence why I got a V). I'm not used to active pickups, always been passive, but again, the sound in that iron cross was great. Again I am just curious I may not actually do anything, but wouldn't mind getting a little background on this. Thanks and hope to hear honest answers.
#2
If you already like how your V sounds with your own gear, then I don't see why you would bother swapping to an EMG set. Especially if you say you're a big blues player.


When you used the Iron Cross, were you using the same amp you have at home? If not then I don't see how you could think the pickups are the bigger difference or the biggest reason why you liked that sound.
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#3
If you throw in EMG's, prepare to lose good blues tones, but get some awesome metal tones. I have 57 classics in my SG, and they're basically on the opposite end of the output spectrum - Great for cleans, and blues/classic rock, but not so much for thrash/more extreme variants of metal.

You might like a set of "vintage hot", or overwound PAF type pickups - They're can still do the vintage stuff rather well, but can handle gain for heavier stuff better than something like a 57 classic (The 57 can mush out under high amounts of gain, in my experience). I have Gibson Burstbucker Pros in my V, and they're pretty damn versatile. Maybe look into something like a set of Wolfetone Marshallheads? Or one of the SD Custom models?
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#4
i wouldn't go with EMG's (i do have a gibson SG with them in though), there are sooooo many options that are better these days. its not just SD, dimarzio, and EMG anymore. there are a ton of boutique winders out there that are very reasonable, and many will do flat out customs. do some more research before you throw some EMG's in there.
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#5
Yeah this is all good insight. I was just curious, I love my V the way it is, I was just wondering how it would've sounded with EMG's. I will look into the gear mentioned above. I am really just looking into buying a new amp because I'm not really getting what I want with my current cheap Marshall. I get a great clean Blues sound with it, but I can't get that 'punch' I want in metal. Thats why I thought the Het Set EMG's would be good because he had it made where it has the sounds of a passive, but punch of an active. I played a Mesa dual rectifier amp and it sounded great, but i didn't try it with this guitar. Line ^ sounded great but I want a tube amp for that nice warmer tone. There's a whole world to sounds and sometimes it can be a real pain in the ass.
#6
new pickups into a shitty solid state amp is like putting a bandaid on a bullet wound.

get a decent amp, then go from there.
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