#1
Upgrading a BC rich rich bich platinum and want to know what pickups to go with for teh metal. Should i go with the 81/85 combo:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/EMG-EMG-ZW-Zakk-Wylde-81-85-Humbucker-Set-101278349-i1323638.gc

Or these two:

http://www.rockfieldpickups.com/mafia.html
http://www.rockfieldpickups.com/fat_ass.html

The later two being what supposedly goes in the higher end BC riches, the former supposedly being the "classic" metal config. What do you guys think?
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#2
81/85
/thread
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#3
Quote by DinkyDude
81/85
/thread



Could you maybe give some support to this point? So i know it isn't just brand loyalty?
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#4
You should get these PUs because they sound absoutly amazing. The cleans are sinful and when you distort them its a dream come true. Although the 85 is lacking some, the 81 is perfect for metal, or any hi-gain genre.
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#5
i suggest getting a better amp.
Ibanez RG321MH (Air Classic/Tone Zone)
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#6
I like the 81/85s. But also I've always liked Seymour Duncans (the sh6 set sounds great). For me though, the EMGs have more versatility. Just my 2 cents.

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#7
EMG definitely for metal. But, emgs sound really bad for anything else. If your interests in rock music change in the future, i prefer the seymour duncan jb like everyone else. Extremely versatile. I can classic rock, blues, jazz, metal, etc with the seymour duncans.
#9
Quote by DinkyDude
81/85
/thread


Look at his amp its a Solid State. Actives sound like crap through a SS.

But to the OP, get a new amp. You can get a Roland Micro Cube for around 120~130$ dollars.
#10
Ah. I seemed to overlook that detail. +1 on the new amp.

Although to crabs, I disagree. Actives can still sound good on a SS.
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#11
Quote by mcrfobtai
Wrong.
New amp
NOW



No, i should have mentioned that i can use my brothers Vox Valvetronix. But yeah, after new pups a new amp is probably next.
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#12
do you prefer actives from passives? there are also lots of good passive pickups for your style.

EDIT : but still, a new amp would make a bigger difference.
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Blackstar HT-20 (Scumback 55 speaker/ Tung Sol tubes)
TC Electronic Nova Repeater
Lava Cables Clear Connect, Soar and Mini ELC
Last edited by leviticus_22953 at Jun 25, 2008,
#13
Quote by KOL40
No, i should have mentioned that i can use my brothers Vox Valvetronix. But yeah, after new pups a new amp is probably next.

Nope, still need a new amp. Amp before pups. The VT is still ss. It has a tube but is still, in essence, a solid state amp. Actives will sound like **** because the are designed to push the power section harder. When this happens with ss For metal, look into a B-52 at-112, Randall RG50tC and bugera amps
#14
passives cuz ur gona have to rape ur guitar tp fit in actives
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#15
Quote by devit
passives cuz ur gona have to rape ur guitar tp fit in actives


not really.
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TC Electronic Nova Repeater
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#16
get a Cube. perfect for metal. but seriously, this thread is going to fill up with the same response: amp before pups.
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Thats probably some of the best advice I've ever received on here.
#17
If your amp is decent, pups will make more difference, but since all I see in your sig is 5 watt **** amp, I will recomend an amp instead of getting pickups.

If you insists on getting pickups, you may want to try Dimarzio D-activator-X. Active like gain, Amazing clean, and some of the best rock sounds for jazz and stuff as well.
#18
Ima get a cube amp next. And i decided not to go with the EMG's. The next gutar im gong to get is a futura FX wth EMG's and floyde rose. So i don't want 2 guitars with EMG's. What are the best passive pickups for metal? The rockfields? Are these ****, cause no one even mentioned them?
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Boss MT-2 Metalzone
Fab chorus
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#19
Bumpersticker
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MIC Squier Strat
Boss MT-2 Metalzone
Fab chorus
Fab echo
Fender Super champ XD
#20
i suggest a better guitar.
i dont mind bcrich, but seriously.
not a great model.
go with lace drop and gains btw
#21
Quote by KOL40
What are the best passive pickups for metal? The rockfields? Are these ****, cause no one even mentioned them?


Bump.
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Boss MT-2 Metalzone
Fab chorus
Fab echo
Fender Super champ XD
#23
I'm getting a new AMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Now, afterword, which pickups should i get. Best PASSIVE for metal?
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Boss MT-2 Metalzone
Fab chorus
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#24
Those Zack Wylde EMGs are probably the best pick-ups I have ever heard in a guitar. If you want a beautiful metal sounding tone, those are the way to go. The best part is that they aren't too expensive. I had a friend who threw them in Gibson SG Standard and made it a mad man. Same with his PRS.