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#1
First off, yes, I am new here.

Now that that's outta the way, onto the question. I've got a stock Gretsch Elecromatic G5135 Corvette--everything's the way it was out of the box it came in.

The pickups I've got are pretty good, but I want something that's got more punch to it. I've been looking, and I've been thinking, maybe, a pair of Seymour Duncan Dave Mustaines or Blackouts, or an EMG 81/85 set.

Any help from the community, please?
#2
The corvette is solid, so it should be fine. I think it's an awesome guitar, and the extra punch sounds like a good idea. It has regular sized buckers right?
#3
What style of music? If you play anything besides hard rock/metal, I wouldn't go with active pickups.
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#4
I play, pretty much, a little bit of everything--some metal here and there, lotsa classic rock, and a bit of punk and alternative.

Whaddya guys suggest? And yes, the humbuckers are full-size.
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#5
id say some high output passive humbukers maybe bare nuckle
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#6
If you're more classic rock than metal, I'd say actives might not be your ticket. Something more like a Duncan JB in the bridge & a Jazz or '59 in the neck. The JB/Jazz combo has been the "universal set" for years. They're quite responsive and can cover a wide range of styles..like everything you've listed. I have 2 guitars with this setup, one with a Distortion, & one with EMG's. I save that one for my band's heavier stuff.
#7
Just to correct people: I'm pretty sure the corvette has mini-humbuckers, NOT fullsize

edit: unless, of course, you happen to have a different version of the corvette to the one i saw in a store a few weeks ago.
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#10
It definatly has mini humbuckers.

Meaning: EMG's wont fit. And if they did, you wouldn't want them for your style of music.
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#14
Well, if it does have mini humbuckers, I've been thinking, would Seymour Duncan Phat Cats fit? Or Sm-3s?
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#15
get the dave mustains.
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#16
What amp do you have?
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#17
I was making that same choice (different guitar of course) and after alot of thought, I got me some Seymour Duncan JB pickups..and they sound so nice

Go for the Duncans!
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#18
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What amp do you have?


I use a Marshall MG15CDR. Also, I think that I'd want to get the Seymour Duncans--the SM-3s or the Phat Cats.
#19
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Gretsch + EMGs = *facepalm*

That's what I was thinking when I read the thread title.

If you like to change batteries a lot, go for the EMGs. But I'd choose Seymour Duncans.
#20
^EMG batteries actually last for several months at a time, if you remember to unplug your cable when you're not using the guitar..

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Gretsch + EMGs = *facepalm*

for real. Sounds like you bought the wrong guitar...

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I use a Marshall MG15CDR. Also, I think that I'd want to get the Seymour Duncans--the SM-3s or the Phat Cats.

Two things:
Phat Cats don't fit in there. Those are for normal humbucker sized routings..

Also, Don't bother getting new pickups - you won't notice that much a difference. Get a new amp, if you don't like your tone...Amps are much more important than pickups in the bigger picture, and yours isn't that good...
#21
Many a people are gonna tell you to get a new amp, so be prepared for it. And id have to agree with i them on it, a new amp will drastically change the sound from your guitar than new pups.
#22
Gretsch+EMGs+MG= EPIC PHAIL.

Seriously, get a new amp to start off. Then maybe new pickups if you can find some that fit, but I'm suprised as Gretsch usually have decent pickups.
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new amp for sure
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#25
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Would a Blackheart do the job? Or a Palomino? They've both gotten pretty good reviews, and I really don't wanna spend that much.
#27
Would I need to get something like an Ibanez Tube Screamer to more of that really dirty sound?
#29
I've been thinking...which to get, a Vox AD30VT, or a Fender Super Champ XD? I wanna get at least 15 watts of power, but I'm on a bit of a smaller budget than I thought.
#31
Classic rock, alternative, a bit of punk, and a hint of metal.
My budget can go from about, say $50-300.
#32
You'll need to save a bit more if you want something that can keep up with a drummer, in terms of volume, but something from the Vov Valvetronix line would suit you. Not their XL line, though.

I think the 30 watt version goes for 350, but its not loud enough for a drummer, so I'd say to get the AD15VT. Even though the Vox is a big improvement from the Marshall MG, I would recommend just saving some more, so you can get a bigger amp that will serve you better in the long run.
#35
Hmmm, I'll take it into thought. Anywho, back to the pickups. The Gretsch comes with a Bigsby B50, and I've been thinking if you have to get new pickups either in regular or in f-spacing. Can anyone help me with that?
#37
Dude, new amp first.

Who has that quote in their sig?

"New amp before guitar (or pickups, in your case), always. Unless your guitar has a plywood body and a 2x4 neck"
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#38
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Dude, new amp first.

Who has that quote in their sig?

"New amp before guitar (or pickups, in your case), always. Unless your guitar has a plywood body and a 2x4 neck"

I'm pretty sure it was darkarbiter who said it, not sure who's got it in their sig though.

For the love of god though... get a new amp. $300 gets you a decent Cube or Valvetronix, or even a Blackheart and a pedal.
#39
Yeah, twas darkarbiter.

Seriously TS. New amp. I would lean towards the Blackheart meself.
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#40
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You'll need to save a bit more if you want something that can keep up with a drummer, in terms of volume, but something from the Vov Valvetronix line would suit you. Not their XL line, though.

I think the 30 watt version goes for 350, but its not loud enough for a drummer, so I'd say to get the AD15VT. Even though the Vox is a big improvement from the Marshall MG, I would recommend just saving some more, so you can get a bigger amp that will serve you better in the long run.

An AD50VT is 350. The AD30 is about 270.

For my 2 cents, go for the Valve Junior and a Metal Muff. The Metal Muff is a versatile pedal. OR get a Bad Monkey. OR Get the VJ+MM+BM.

A 5 watt tube is going to sound way louder than a 15 watt SS, which is what you are used to.
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