#1
Hi, I play an Ibanez RG 350EX with infinity humbuckers and a single coil in the middle position. I was wondering if anybody could recomend a new bridge pickup for me. I play mostly classic metal such as Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath, but also like to branch in to clean-cut thrash, such as megadeth. Also, I love popping harmonics.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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#6
SD:Blackout
Distortion
Dimebucker
JB

EMG 81

or a BareKnuckle Warpig or Nailbomb
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#7
A cheaper, passive alternative would be the EMG H4. I had the H4 and H4A before I got the 81 and 85. There is definitely a noticeable difference, the active ones are heavier, but the H4s are a pretty good reproduction.

You can pick them up for $80 new and around $20 on eBay.
#8
EMG blackouts, aren't they a little heavy sounding? Are seymour duncan any good? I know that Dave Murray of Iron Maiden uses them, and thats the kind of sound I'm going for.
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EMG blackouts, aren't they a little heavy sounding? Are seymour duncan any good? I know that Dave Murray of Iron Maiden uses them, and thats the kind of sound I'm going for.

Don't you mean SD Blackouts? Cos they seem to be exactly what you're after.
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#10
You can't just buy one active pickup, you need the whole set to be, unless you want to introduce switching between the different circuits and have separate volumes and tones for each.

Swineshead Warthog? Seymour Duncan Custom? Duncan Custom Custom?

I would avoid, if possible:

JB (odd voicing problems... metal-hot but classic, very trebly)
Dimebucker (hot and insanely shittily trebly sounding)
Actives (They tend to sound sterile, and you'd need a full set)
Distortion (again too hot)
Dimarzio Super Distortion (doesn't clean up...)
X2N (muddy mud mcmud)

Also, we REALLY need to know what amp you own.
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Also, we REALLY need to know what amp you own.

+1. To myself.
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#14
Just so you know, your amplifier has alot more to do with your tone than your pickups do. So what amp are you using ?
#15
Provided you have a decent amp Dimarzio Breeds are probably what you want.
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#16
I am using a vox ad30vt, I already get a good tone out of it, and it's very flexible. I just wondered if better pickups would improve my sound.