#1
i own a ibanez sa120 , the pickups are ok, but id like something a little more metal. heavy leads and smooth highs.... i was thinking emg.. any sugg?
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for shred, Dimarzio Evolutions all the way.

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#9
Evo, Air norton, D-sonic from Dimarzio.

Custom and Jazz models, possibly even a 59' from Duncan sound pretty cool.
#10
practice. you can "shred" on any pickup. you have kids doing it on all kinds of emgs and evos and whatthefuckever these days. yngwie did it on vintage strats back in the day.
#11
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What amp do you have?


+1

You're not going to notice much of a difference in pickups unless you've got a tube amp. You'll still notice somewhat of a difference with SS or a modeling amp, but pickups effect the output which can drive your tubes a little bit more.
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You're not going to notice much of a difference in pickups unless you've got a tube amp. You'll still notice somewhat of a difference with SS or a modeling amp, but pickups effect the output which can drive your tubes a little bit more.


Not true. There is a distrinct difference tonally between pickups regardless of your amp. Tonally, the character will change. The sheer output of a high gain pickup, however, will still drive a solid state and react to it's distortion circuit, but instead of getting the nice tube overdrive push you get a fizzy solid state distortion push.

And to OP - what kind of shred are we talking here? 80's metal shred? Instrumental virtuoso shred? It makes a large difference. For screaming leads I would definitely recommend either a Seymour Duncan JB/Jazz set, a Distortion set (especially good) or a Full Shred set.
#13
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Not true. There is a distrinct difference tonally between pickups regardless of your amp. Tonally, the character will change. The sheer output of a high gain pickup, however, will still drive a solid state and react to it's distortion circuit, but instead of getting the nice tube overdrive push you get a fizzy solid state distortion push.


Exactly, and who strives for a fizzy sound? Nobody. I'm just saying, if he's using a SS or modeling amp, there's not much of a reason to change pickups. He should probably be worried more about his playing.

As for the Dimarzio Evo's recommendation, they are great pickups but aren't very forgiving. If you're not clean and articulate, everyone's going to notice. Unless, you hide behind gain. What's worse, sloppy playing or a muddy sound?
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What amp do you have?


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#17
lol. I think that the sound comes mainly from the hands. But ofc duncans, dimarzios and emgs.
#18
What happened to the few guys on here that actually had useful input about pickups? People are mentioning pickups without any insight? Where's the point in that?
#19
i think by shredding pickup he means high output, so no jazz models or 59's. im not an active pickup guy, that being said i love the semour duncan screamin demon and lungrens if you can afford them, yes the evolutions of course
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#20
Super Distortion / Pro track would be my favorite...

Super Distortion / Evolution

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#21
^ you aren't seriously suggesting dimarzios are the only pickups you can shred with?
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#23
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^ you aren't seriously suggesting dimarzios are the only pickups you can shred with?


I doubt he meant ONLY Dimarzio's. You can really shred with any pickups. We got one of those Hello Kitty guitars in a few months back, I plugged into a Marshall JVM half stack and shredded the sh*t out of it. The intonation was off, easy fix though took all of two minutes.
#24
^ he did say "the list goes dimarzio"...

But yeah, i agree. obviously some are better than others, but IMO there are better pickups than dimarzios for shredding...
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#27
How about an EQ pedal? From the looks of your first post, you're not overly happy with the sound you're getting. With an EQ pedal you'll be able to further tweak your sound.
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Quote by TimmyPage06
Not true. There is a distrinct difference tonally between pickups regardless of your amp. Tonally, the character will change. The sheer output of a high gain pickup, however, will still drive a solid state and react to it's distortion circuit, but instead of getting the nice tube overdrive push you get a fizzy solid state distortion push.

And to OP - what kind of shred are we talking here? 80's metal shred? Instrumental virtuoso shred? It makes a large difference. For screaming leads I would definitely recommend either a Seymour Duncan JB/Jazz set, a Distortion set (especially good) or a Full Shred set.


awesome vid, last person made a strat sound that good headlined woodstock
#29
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How about an EQ pedal? From the looks of your first post, you're not overly happy with the sound you're getting. With an EQ pedal you'll be able to further tweak your sound.


any brand suggestions on eq pedals?