#1
Well after a week of bugging all of you guys about what guitar I should get, I finally decided. But before I even list it all off please feel free to comment on if I should do anything else different.

As some of you already know, I'm looking for a good guitar to get me some pretty good progressive rock/metal, metal, and thrash tones out of. I was wanting some pretty good diversity for only spending 800 dollars, and I really wanted a guitar with the Ibanez ZR tremolo system from their S series guitars, so I think I came up with the best solution for versatility for my price:

I'm thinking I will end up going with the 599 Ibanez S520EX - http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-S520EX-Electric-Guitar?sku=519964

...but also order these at the sametime to replace when I get the guitar:

For the bridge: the Dimarzio Drop Sonic DP207 (regular black for 84.99) - http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/DiMarzio-DP207-Drop-Sonic-Pickup?sku=309370

And for the Neck : the Dimarzio Air Norton DP193 (also regular black for 69.99) - http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/DiMarzio-DP193-Air-Norton-Pickup?sku=302704


Does this all sound worth the money and the trouble of installing the pickup considering the styles that I play?


And I would like to thank everyone this past week for helping me out in what I'm pretty sure is my final decision on the guitar for me.
#2
Sounds like a scorcher to me
Good choice with the pickups, they'll suit your style perfectly, and they will be tons better than the original ibanez pickups.
and its got a ZR trem, which is one the best currently made
#3
Good choices!
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#6
There is one thing I need to know about those pickups though: Are both of the pickups that I listed Passive rather than Active?

Musiciansfriend.com doesn't state if they're active or not, and I don't think I want to hassle with active pickups and the battery switching.
#7
they are passive
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#9
May I suggest Ibanez SAS360FM. Somewhere around $650-750.

Very nice and light. Pretty good fret feel and tremolo system. Has dual humbucking pickups that can be combined into 1. Total of 4 pickups.

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#11
good job! maybe replace the strings with some d'addario heavies. that'll get ya a thick tone/heavy tone.
#12
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good job! maybe replace the strings with some d'addario heavies. that'll get ya a thick tone/heavy tone.


I always use D'Addario 11's
#13
I've got a new problem that I didn't think of until just now:

Does anyone know if the Ibanez S520EX needs Regular or F-Spaced pickups?
#15
I won't be able to measure it though because I'm buying it all at once to cut down on shipping costs and I know no one that actually owns one to ask.

Does anyone know of anywhere to check what kind of pickups a specific guitar takes?
#17
it doesn't matter if you use normal pickups on an f spaced guitar, they'll still work fine, i wouldn't worry about it
#18
^They'll be a little muddy though. I would also say never buy a guitar without trying it first, but I don't think you can go wrong with an S, one of the most comfortable guitars I've ever played.
#19
Well I've tried it plenty of times. If the one I order isn't good though I can take it back within 45 days free of charge.


As for the whole F spaced situation, I found out from the John Petrucci forum that someone else was putting in some custom pickups in this same guitar and the neck was fine regular as I suspected it would be but they did end up needing F spaced for the bridge, so now I just need to wait for the check next Saturday then order and wait for it to arrive.

Thanks for all comments and help once again guys.
#20
Anyone else have these two pickups in their guitar so I have an idea what the two are like together?
#21
Bumping this to see if anyone has matched these pickups together themselves, and their results.