#1
Hey,

I'm thinking about getting a pair of new pickups though frankly I'm not quite an expert with these so there goes. I play quite a wide range of stuff so versatility is quite important, but the 'main' tone I'd love to get closer to would be something like what you can hear on Satriani's Crystal Planet. I also love the sound Petrucci has on his Suspended Animation CD. So basically I'm looking for a warm, 'round' tone with strong mids from the neck pickup, BUT I would also love some heavy and sharp sound from the bridge - something mean enough for thrash and death metal.

At the moment I'm thinking about a diMarzio combo, with X2N or possibly D Activator in the neck, and an Air Norton or a Mo' Joe in the bridge. Any advice or suggestions would be very welcome.

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#2
If money is no object look at Bareknuckle pickups, they are the best. If not your dimarzios should do the job if you're after Petrucci's sound. You've got a good amp so any of these should sound sweet.

EDIT: Look at Swineshead pickups too. Excellent pickups.. great prices and they are custom made.
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#3
At the moment I'm thinking about a diMarzio combo, with X2N or possibly D Activator in the neck, and an Air Norton or a Mo' Joe in the bridge. Any advice or suggestions would be very welcome.


Eek...unless you've got neck and bridge mixed up

If you want Petrucci's pickups then it's either a D-Sonic or Steve's Special in the bridge and an Air Norton in the neck - however I'd personally put a Breed in the neck instead of the Air Norton. It's got a nicer, more open, rounded tone - Air Norton is a bit busy. To be honest, if you want versatility then your best bet is either a Breed pair or Norton bridge, Breed neck. If you'd rather have things heavier in the bridge then go for the D-Sonic.
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If money is no object look at Bareknuckle pickups, they are the best. If not your dimarzios should do the job if you're after Petrucci's sound. You've got a good amp so any of these should sound sweet.

EDIT: Look at Swineshead pickups too. Excellent pickups.. great prices and they are custom made.


+1, only I'm not sure I'd say categorically that BKP are the best... best I've tried, and in my opinion, perhaps.

It really depends what your budget is, and also realise that things like dimarzio/duncan are about twice-three times what you have to pay for them in the states- they aren't worth what we get charged, basically- unless they do the exact tone you're after.
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