Poll: witch pups
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breed/evo
5 19%
humbucker from hell/evo
4 15%
breed/super distortion
8 30%
other (Please List)
10 37%
Voters: 27.
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#1
Hey guys, I need some advice on what pickups to get, im replacing my bridge and neck pickups and I want some that can comlement eachother to give me a vast amount of styles that I can play. I want a bridge pickup that is hot with great harmonics and can rip through metal and rock solos, and a neck pup that can clean things out and play more acoustic sounding alternative and whatnot...
I was originally thinking a Dimarzio breed/humbucker from hell in the neck, and a dimarzio evolution in the bridge. I have heard very mixed reviews on the evos, i heard they are hot and cut through very nice, they work for vai very nicely, but are unforgiving, and no dynamics, thought?
I was also thinking of super distortion pups
and this is for my LP....
Gibson Les Paul Special Faded with Evo bridge and PAF Joe neck. Mesa Boogie Rect-o-verb.
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#3
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get EMG pickups...they are great for metal.




I have a breed in the neck of my M-1000, it sounds nice but could use a little more output I may change it for a Norton. As for the evos I have heard much the same, I'd recommend trying a super 3 in the bridge to get a good middle ground pickup between the evo and SD.
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#6
I dont like the jazz in the neck, if you want though in the neck a humbucker from hell or a breed.
#7
I don't particularly prefer the jazz either but the JB is pretty solid.
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#8
PRS dragon pickups aren't bad, check them out. . . . They are some of my favorite passive pickups. Nice mid-tone and high end, they aren't very deep on the low end scale though, but they are great for like shred and stuff.
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#9
The evolutions are a personal taste kind of thing. I'd go to Guitar Center and try out the Ibanez JEM 7V, which I know has Evos. Keep in mind you'll be running it on a really nice guitar, so you may not be able to conclude anything about tone, but you should easily be able to tell how forgiving they are.
#10
The Vai pickups sound too vaish. Even if u cut mid's or add bass u always have this vai mid sound. It's a good sound, but you wil sound like the other Vai clones w/e u play.

You should go for a more "natural" humbucker. like a super distortion or so.

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#11
try out this combo

Bridge pickup -Dimarzio Norton
Neck Pickup - Dimarzio Humbucker from Hell
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#12
thanks guys, now what do you think about the evo 2 in the bridge, still close to the same sound and output, but more dynamic?
Gibson Les Paul Special Faded with Evo bridge and PAF Joe neck. Mesa Boogie Rect-o-verb.
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#13
The Evo is a shred pickup, not a metal pickup. Even then, it's pretty trebley, I'm not a fan.

The Super Distortion is an 80's metal pickup. It sounds like you play modern metal, so I'd go against it.

I'd say your best bet is a pair of Dimarzio Breeds. Versatile combo, clean up well, and are fat and aggressive enough for modern metal and hard rock.
#14
Go with the guys above, Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge, but with a '59 in the neck. It's less dark, alot brighter. Plus, half of the metal dudes use this pickup combination; Arch Enemy, Queensryche, Static X, etc...

Plays metal, classic, blues, grunge, etc...
#15
well, would guitar center do everything necessary for my guitar to use emgs?
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get EMG pickups...they are great for metal.

And shit for everything else.
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#18
Well, I dont live in a big city, so the only guitar store around me is guitar center.
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#19
Should I be the first to say PAF Pro Tone Zone?
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#21
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Well, I dont live in a big city, so the only guitar store around me is guitar center.


Pickup installation isn't too hard if you're comfortable with a soldering iron. If you have a friend who is, have him do it, he necessarily have to be a guitar player.

Also, check out google maps and just type your city and "guitar shop," you may find something.
#22
Well, I have been thinking about it, and right now, most of the stuff I play is modern and classic rock, with some contemporary christian music thrown in. I play a little metal, but would you guys say the the standard 498t and 490r pickups are pretty good. I like the sound of my guitar on all the stuff I play besides metal and more aggresive solos. Is there anyway to make these pickups sound hotter, or more aggresive?
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#23
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get EMG pickups...they are great for metal.


FAIL.

also maybe put some new pots in it?
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#24
Get A Guitar that's Routed to be able to take 3 Humbuckers, and Run;
Neck : EMG-85 Active
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and make sure you're ALSO running either an EMG-Afterburner Gain Booster, or an EMG PA-2 20db Gain Booster (witch COMES WITH the Kerry King 81/85 set)
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#25
Thats not really an option
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#26
Ok, well I decided that I kinda like the tone and sound of my 498t and 490r pickups, they are nice pickups, the only problem I have with them is that they arent aggressive enough for some of the solos that I play, and the pinch harmonics kinda suck on them, also, aftermarket pickups without covers on LPs look kinda weird. What would be the best way to fix this problem by giving them an edgier and more aggressive sound? Pocket pod, podxt, what? Also, what are the key differences between the pocket pod and the podxt, like will the tone be different between the two?
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#28
^go away.

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Ok, well I decided that I kinda like the tone and sound of my 498t and 490r pickups, they are nice pickups, the only problem I have with them is that they arent aggressive enough for some of the solos that I play, and the pinch harmonics kinda suck on them, also, aftermarket pickups without covers on LPs look kinda weird. What would be the best way to fix this problem by giving them an edgier and more aggressive sound? Pocket pod, podxt, what? Also, what are the key differences between the pocket pod and the podxt, like will the tone be different between the two?

Pinch harmonics are way more dependent on technique than pickup model.

What's your amp's EQ? Those are both ceramic picups, IIRC - should be plenty aggressive.
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#30
I have an EMG81 in the bridge, it is great for leads and metal, but clean it is very thin sounding. It sounds a bit better on 18v with the volume knob turned about 80% up but its not very versitile. I have no pickup in the neck right now, but like you I want to be able to get a large range of sounds from my 1 guitar. I was thinking about getting the EMG active single coils for the neck and middle position, I hear that David Gilmore uses EMG active singles in his red strat..anyone have these and can give some feedback? I think they are model SA but might only come in set of 3 pickups. I think this would be a good setup for versitile sound.
#31
The Tone Zone/Air Norton combo is a great one. They're relatively less output than most of the suggestions here, but they sound smooth as hell, even under some serious brutality in the gain department. The Air Norton is just ballsy enough of a neck pickup to give that really nice open sound and not be really muddy in the lower registers, and the Tone Zone is one of the only pure asskicking pickups I've played with a bitchin' clean tone to match
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#33
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You must like wank cleans, then. The Tone Zone has some awful ones.



You must have played it though an MG or Spider or something.
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#34
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Pinch harmonics are way more dependent on technique than pickup model.

What's your amp's EQ? Those are both ceramic picups, IIRC - should be plenty aggressive.



Well, they sound better on my friends guitar on my amp, what EQ do you use?
Gibson Les Paul Special Faded with Evo bridge and PAF Joe neck. Mesa Boogie Rect-o-verb.
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#36
I forget what I have my amps EQ at, but I think its like treble-10 mid-6-8 and bass-7-9 for most stuff
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#38
get some Kramer Quadrails. They're inexpensive, and they have searing tone. Seriously, they kick ass.
#39
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It's a Mesa - there's a lot more controls on it than that.

I know that, but I dont remember what presence and gain are at
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