#1
I'm looking for a new bridge pickup (humbucker) for an all mahogany guitar with a rosewood fretboard.

I'm looking for something that's somewhat bright, high output but will not get muddy with alot of distortion or overdrive.

The guitar is set to drop tunings (mostly Drop-D) and I use it for metal, hardcore and other genres that typically use alot of distortion.

Any suggestions?

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#2
EMGs come to mind, but if you're just replacing one pickup, that's probably not an option. I'd say a Dimarzio X2N would work well.
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#3
Duncan SH-6
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EMGs come to mind, but if you're just replacing one pickup, that's probably not an option. I'd say a Dimarzio X2N would work well.


Why would I be unable to place a single EMG in the bridge pickup? I don't usually use both pickups together - I use either one or the other.

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Seymour Duncan TB-4 JB

The JB4 is the pickup I'm replacing and it looses alot of clarity with even small amounts of gain/distortion.

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Last edited by Bazilisck311 at Apr 17, 2008,
#7
It would be an unimaginable pain in the arse to wire up, basically. WHen you switch pickups, there'd likely be a volume change too.

I would only go with the X2N if that Crate really needs driving; otherwise, you don't need all that output. Maybe try a Dimarzio D Activator, as they're basically passives with an active sound and with more flexibility.
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Quote by webbtje
It would be an unimaginable pain in the arse to wire up, basically. WHen you switch pickups, there'd likely be a volume change too.

I would only go with the X2N if that Crate really needs driving; otherwise, you don't need all that output. Maybe try a Dimarzio D Activator, as they're basically passives with an active sound and with more flexibility.


It needs help driving at lower volumns, not so much when you crank it up (which I unfortunately can't most of the time)

It's generally complacent with high output pickups because of it's overall mellow, mid heavy tone.
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#10
Quote by mafropetee
I'd say a Dimarzio X2N would work well.


Researched this and it looks good - can you recommend something similar but with a bit brighter winding (more treble) ?
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#11
bareknuckles all the way
specifically i'd suggest warpigs but pm tim
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How about Dimarzio Drop Sonic (D-Sonic). it is made for drop tunings


No, it's made for low tunings. Not Drop D.


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It needs help driving at lower volumns, not so much when you crank it up (which I unfortunately can't most of the time)

It's generally complacent with high output pickups because of it's overall mellow, mid heavy tone.


The X2N's pretty trebly...
#14
Quote by webbtje
No, it's made for low tunings. Not Drop D.


The X2N's pretty trebly...



Our first heavy humbucker of the 21st century, the D Sonic™ is a high-output bridge humbucker designed for the extended low end and heavy chords that dropped tuning delivers, with serious treble response for single-note solos and standard tuning.
#15
If you feel your amp is too heavy on the mids, how about the Steve's Special (Dimarzio)? Not quite as high output as the X2N, but has a somewhat scooped sound, quite a lot of treble, and very articulate.
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Our first heavy humbucker of the 21st century, the D Sonic™ is a high-output bridge humbucker designed for the extended low end and heavy chords that dropped tuning delivers, with serious treble response for single-note solos and standard tuning.

Considering that drop D only offers 2 additional power chords, I'd say that's a bit of a waste.
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#17
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Our first heavy humbucker of the 21st century, the D Sonic™ is a high-output bridge humbucker designed for the extended low end and heavy chords that dropped tuning delivers, with serious treble response for single-note solos and standard tuning.


Read more of their bumph will you. A 2 semitone difference is not worth designing a pickup around. Petrucci plays these with bar towards the bridge when he's in C and B standard, not to mention the occasional A standard. I play them in open C half a step down (low B), and as such you can notice the extra punch which it provides. In Drop D? Nuh-uh.

So stop taking 'dropped tuning' so literally, it's designed for de-tuning unless you put the bar towards the neck.
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#18
seymour duncan invader.

i strongly recommend it for you style in the bridge
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seymour duncan invader.

i strongly recommend it for you style in the bridge


He wants bright, so you recommend bassy? Cheers mate.

#22
had one in my les paul for a month or so. sounded really good to me. i just dont play that heavy and prefered the matching set of burstbucker pros. but i think that it was very clear and powerful for heavy stuff. not too good on the cleans however, i do agree there.
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#24
Quote by webbtje
The X2N's pretty trebly...


The spec sheet on DiMarzio's webpage lists the treble as a 4 (DP222) - unfortunately, I've never heard an X2N's tone so it's hard to judge - I asked for a recommendation of a pickup wound with more treble purely as a safety net

EDIT: I was looking at the wrong pickup - The DiMarzio D Activator-X which the website says is an X2N, I did not see the X2N at the bottom of the list (which lists the treble as a 6)



Thanks for the recommendations guys - So far I'm interested in the DiMarzio D Activator bridge pickup, the Seymour Duncan SH-6 (Duncan Distortion) and the Barenuckles. Feel free to post more suggestions.
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Last edited by Bazilisck311 at Apr 17, 2008,
#25
After painful deliberation, I've decided on the DiMarzio D-Activator Bridge pickup (DP220). My reasons are its high output, active pickup emulation and from experience with DiMarzio pickups - which tend to have an edginess on the high end without sacrificing clarity.

I'll post a review of the pickup here when I've had a chance to mingle with it

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