#1
So I want new pickups for my Parker Fly. I have Seymour Duncan P-rails in there right now... which are cool and very versatile, but honestly, they're just not cutting it for leads. They're high output (or so the resistance value would have you believe), but just don't cut through the mix all that well and lack punch and tone a good humbucker should have when distorted.

I'd like a combination that has a good amount of bite while still maintaining character and real tone, so it doesn't sound all thin and overprocessed. I was thinking something like a dimarzio Breed in the neck position, and for the bridge maybe a tone zone... evolution.... breed bridge... ? Any suggestions?
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#2
SD jazz in the neck, invader in the bridge.
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SD jazz in the neck, invader in the bridge.
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#6
Quote by forsaknazrael
Have you thought about using an EQ pedal or OD pedal for a solo boost?


AWFUL idea.


Yeah but knowing that the problem could be solved with better pickups makes me much more inclined to do that. Plus its impossible to really add tone that isn't there to begin with.
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#8
I love the Dimarzio Breeds, though I might suggest looking at maybe a Air Norton or something instead for the neck, but a Breed in the bridge is a very good choice.
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#9
Quote by forsaknazrael
Gotcha.

What kind of music do you play?

What are Nitefly's made of again? I forget...


I play in a reggae / rock band, which ends up demanding a lot of high gain solos somehow (because I feel like it) haha.... but on my own time I play everything from easy alternative to metal. The lead tone I'm really going for is sort of like what paul gilbert has going on... although a lot of his is through other effects and his amp:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCuHAfOPlBI

It doesn't sound like all ridiculous high gain shredders, and yet he pulls out harmonics like nobody's business when need be. He has PAF pros, but I was thinking something slightly heavier. Maybe I'm making too much of a science out of this
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#10
Oh and niteflies are made of mahogany, although they're very thin to save weight
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#12
Yeah.. mahogany. I fixed it after I reread what you asked. lol. After scarified, thats my favorite song of his.
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#13
Do you use your neck or bridge pickup for leads?

So far, I'm thinking a Seymour Duncan SH-14 Custom 5 in the bridge. Might need to be a TB-14, don't know what the bridge style/string spacing is on a Parker Nitefly.
The Custom 5 has tons of bite and a healthy upper aggressive midrange. Cuts through quite well, just dig in.

A pair of Breeds isn't a bad idea, either, though. The Breeds are going to be fatter, and potentially not as good for the reggae side of things.
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Quote by forsaknazrael
Do you use your neck or bridge pickup for leads?

So far, I'm thinking a Seymour Duncan SH-14 Custom 5 in the bridge. Might need to be a TB-14, don't know what the bridge style/string spacing is on a Parker Nitefly.
The Custom 5 has tons of bite and a healthy upper aggressive midrange. Cuts through quite well, just dig in.

A pair of Breeds isn't a bad idea, either, though. The Breeds are going to be fatter, and potentially not as good for the reggae side of things.


Well I'd like pickups I can set up for coil tapping for those times. Oh and I usually use the bridge for leads. Thanks for the input btw!
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#15
I personally prefer using a series/parallel switch. Still stays full, but cleans up the tone - and still hum canceling. My SH-14 sounds great with that! A good pair would be an SH-1 '59 in the neck.

You can hear me using it on the clip "Guns Blazing" in my profile. (Not the series/parallel switch. Just the pickup in general..) I play mostly rhythm there.
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Turn your mids up to at least 1 o'clock. Fixed.


lol thank you.
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#19
Quote by bluezombie
I love P-rails


Well they're not bad pickups, especially the clean sound, it's just I'm after a different sound.
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#20
Quote by tasty licks
Well they're not bad pickups, especially the clean sound, it's just I'm after a different sound.

Well... If you're really after a more high gain sound, i'd recommend an EMG 60 in the neck. It's not as high gain as the 81/82's, but they have a very high output and sound great for pink floyd type stuff.

I have one in my neck position and i love it!
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