#1
Does anyone know of some good sounding pickups for classic rock/hair metal music. Pickups with a hot low end, but the capability to scream. Also how are EMG H4As or whatever they're called.
#4
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dimarzio super distortion hands down on this one. i take no bias to pickup companies but dimarzio nailed it on this one.
#5
Depends on which 80s band guitar sound you want. EVH is alot different sounding than Warrant, Slaughter, Winger and Europe etc.... I think though that a stock Charvel and Jackson pickup from the 80s is what you're looking for.
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#6
^many guitar companies in the 80's were using DiMarzio Super Distortions as their stock pickups. Most of the asian companies used them as well as many American ones.
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#7
+1 to the super distortion

you might also want to have a look at the tone zone.
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#8
look for some shaller humbuckers
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#12
80s metal definitely used Super Distortion.
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#13
I got the Super Distortions, but I still can't find the sound I'm looking for. It's still kind of bassier and doesn't sream like I'd hoped. I thought it's probably cause of my amp. I've got a Peavey Valveking, but I'm trying to get a Marshall JCM800. Any suggestions?
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#15
Fool around with the pickup height and pole pieces. It's a very simple mod that can pay off big.
Here's a guide:
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p315/naazrael/pickupheight.jpg

Replacing your tone capacitors with different sized ones may also help. I recommend buying a few different values. It sounds like you want more high end, though, so I would put something like .015uF or .022uF, since you probably have .047uF or .05uF caps in there.
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Fool around with the pickup height and pole pieces. It's a very simple mod that can pay off big.
Here's a guide:
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p315/naazrael/pickupheight.jpg

Replacing your tone capacitors with different sized ones may also help. I recommend buying a few different values. It sounds like you want more high end, though, so I would put something like .015uF or .022uF, since you probably have .047uF or .05uF caps in there.

...and pots, upping to 1 megs qill give a little more top end and power.
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#17
I'd say Seymour Duncan Alcino Pro II. Thats what Slash uses
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I'd say Seymour Duncan Alcino Pro II. Thats what Slash uses
The only reason he uses those is because they were the lowest output pickups he could find at the time. They're tonally and dynamically vapid.


I'd say a SD JB model in the bridge. It's 'the' hard rock humbucker (and if you're doing a mix of 80's and classic rock, typical hard rock is what you should be aiming at).

As for even hotter pickups (like the Super Distortion)... eh. Only if you're actually driving your amp hard enough. If you're getting your distortion from pedals or amp pre-gain then the Super Distortion won't do anything for you, it'll just be limiting your volume and tonal choices. Pickups like that are only of any use if you're getting all your distortion from natural overdrive, i.e. just cranking your volume until the amp naturally breaks up. But then... well 80's metal wasn't done like that, they used amp pre-gain + pedals.
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#19
thanks all. I'm also trying to get good pinch harmonics out of my guitar. Is there anything I can do to the guitar, pickups or amp to get the harmonics to ring better, besides cranking the gain which I have done. Maybe there are better pickups for pinch harmonics. Like emgs. Anyone know? I'm staying away from active though so if you know good passive pups, like emgs? let me know thanks again
#20
I've got a Swineshead Venom in my bridge position

does the 80s thing very well

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