#1
I might want to switch up my pickups on my Ibanez sometime
And I was wondering what's a good neck pickup
for a nice crisp sound and still sounds good under (heavy) distortion

Should I stick with an EMG set (81/85)
or get EMG and another neck pickup
But I am getting a bridge EMG pickup for sure
Unless theres something abit better?
#2
you only can combine emg's togehter
a combination between emg + a passic pick up is not possible
#4
Correct me if i'm wrong, but I believe you can combine them together.
That doesn't mean you should, however, since the EMG will have much higher output, no matter what you do.
#7
unless you have a valve amp id stick with passives, if you have a valve amp i would make sure u have quite a bit of headroom or else it will distort way too much.

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#8
Quote by 601210
Correct me if i'm wrong, but I believe you can combine them together.
That doesn't mean you should, however, since the EMG will have much higher output, no matter what you do.

You can have an active and a passive p/u on the same guitar, but they can't be wired into the same circuit, since they need different value pots (25k for actives, 250/500 for passive).
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#10
Quote by VivaLaJam
Unless you have a nice tube amp I wouldn't bother with EMGs imo.

Passives

emgs sound like crap no matter what amp you go through, imo. the thing about emgs, is no matter what guitar you put them into, they will sound just the same as any other guitar with emgs. if you like the emg sound i guess thats fine, just know you are limited in the tone area, espicially with actives, because actives dont keep any tone of the wood at all. if your downtuning your guitar and chugging the e string, go for emgs. if you do anything else, get passives. and dont combine an emg with a passive...unless your trying to kill everyone around you
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#11
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emgs sound like crap no matter what amp you go through, imo. the thing about emgs, is no matter what guitar you put them into, they will sound just the same as any other guitar with emgs. if you like the emg sound i guess thats fine, just know you are limited in the tone area, espicially with actives, because actives dont keep any tone of the wood at all. if your downtuning your guitar and chugging the e string, go for emgs. if you do anything else, get passives. and dont combine an emg with a passive...unless your trying to kill everyone around you


Yeah that's true, but the tone wood does matter.
An EMG in a guitar made of Mahogany will sound better than an EMG in a guitar made of Agathis.
#12
Quote by VivaLaJam
Yeah that's true, but the tone wood does matter.
An EMG in a guitar made of Mahogany will sound better than an EMG in a guitar made of Agathis.

+11.
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You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#13
I stick to solid state.
I think I might get some passive EMG's then.. or something else
Since this Ibanez is suppose to be my main metal guitar I might go for EMG's.
I have another guitar for anything else

But the only tube I'd buy is a Mesa/Boogie or maybe an Orange
#15
Try Seymour Duncan Livewire Classic in the neck and Livewire Metal in the bridge. They're active pickups, but you can still get a pretty darn good clean tone out of it, (and also the crisp tones) and they sound awesome when distorted.
#16
[quote="'Anno[fzk"]']I stick to solid state.
I think I might get some passive EMG's then.. or something else
Since this Ibanez is suppose to be my main metal guitar I might go for EMG's.
I have another guitar for anything else

But the only tube I'd buy is a Mesa/Boogie or maybe an Orange
But what specific amp?
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