#1
I just bought an Ibanez s520ex guitar and Im looking for new pickups to make this baby sound bad ass. I've been playing for more than 5 years, I play mostly rock and metal to the likes of Metallica, Dream Evil, Sonata Arctica, Disturbed, Zakk Wylde, Dragonforce, etc. Nothing too hardcore. I currently the lead guitarist of a power metal band in the making.

Right now i'm looking at the Dimarzio Evolution 2, Dimarzio Xn2, and some seymour duncans. I also have EMGs and a Duncan Distortion on two of my other guitars, and since this guitar is really thin, i wouldn't want to risk cutting more wood out to fit a 9volt battery.

The guitar itself is an Ibanez S-series with a thin mahogany body, with a bolt on maple neck with rosewood fretboard. It's being plugged into a Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier with just one wah pedal in the mix.

If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.
Last edited by GuitarGodJames at Feb 19, 2008,
#3
I just want to replace the stock pick ups that i have, which in my opinion sound a little muddy and not full enough, but still playable.
#5
well, if this helps. I don't play in extremely low tunings, mainly standard tuning. The pick ups i have might compare to a passive emg hz, but i don't know for sure. I guess they're alright for cleans and hard rock, but i feel i'm still lacking tone as i compare them to EMGs and Seymour Duncan Distortions. I'm trying to obtain a good balanced standard metal tone. I tend to focus more on treble than bass since the rectifier produces a lot of bass. I want something that'll sound great on leads on rythym, especially if im plugged into a rectifier.
Last edited by GuitarGodJames at Feb 19, 2008,
#6
Quote by forsaknazrael
Right. Well, what I'm getting at is...what would you your tone to sound like? I mean, I know that you play metal, but it also helps to know how you feel your tone is lacking.

Its lacking your mom.......

.....guess i'll be hitting that old dusty trail.
#7
Quote by GuitarGodJames
well, if this helps. I don't play in extremely low tunings, mainly standard tuning. The pick ups i have might compare to a passive emg hz, but i don't know for sure. I guess they're alright for cleans and hard rock, but i feel i'm still lacking tone as i compare them to EMGs and Seymour Duncan Distortions. I'm trying to obtain a good balanced standard metal tone. I tend to focus more on treble than bass since the rectifier produces a lot of bass. I want something that'll sound great on leads on rythym, especially if im plugged into a rectifier.

Well, if you want treble....Evo's would be the way to go. I hate them, though.

Honestly, I think a great pickup for metal would be the Dimarzio Breed. It's a fat pickup, I'm not gonna lie, but you should try adjusting your treble/bass problem at the amp, anyway..
Also, maybe put in 1M pots instead of 500K? Cheap mod, might do the trick.
#8
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