Pickups for heavy metal...

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  1. Mockbel

    Mockbel Senior Member

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    Hi all

    I got my Ltd MH1000FR a couple of weeks ago... a pickup swap is a must as it comes with EMGs which are not my cup of tea..

    The guitar has mahogany body and rosewood fretboard... what passives would you suggest?

    The guitar will be used mainly for heavy metal (90s metallica, megadeth, savatage, stratovarius, etc)

    Suggestions please...
     
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    Bill Lawrence L500 XL (bridge)
    Duncan 59 (neck)
     
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  3. Greg's Guitars

    Greg's Guitars Senior Member

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    I think those blades or some T tops will do the trick ,but better to have an amp with a SS rectifier than a tube rectifier for HM tones will definitely help...
     
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  4. mmd

    mmd Senior Member

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    Seymour Duncan JB, Custom, Custom/Custom - those have always been my choices for bridge pickup. For neck I have used either the 59 or the Jazz.
     
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    Dimarzio X2N
    IMG_3800.JPG I dig blades. !
     
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    Suhr Aldrich. But that can do anything. Even old school rock.
     
  7. Mockbel

    Mockbel Senior Member

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    JB/59 is the set for stock Ltd passive.. i liked them in my EC-401 VF ... i have also tried Dimarzio evo/mojoe set in an Ltd and they were good...

    A friend suggested SD Distortion set but i think they are too harsh !

    I have Dimarzio Crunchlab/Liquifier in my basswood ibanez and they are pretty good too...

    Looks like endless choices !
     
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    DiMarzio Super Distortion
     
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    Yes!!!!
    as stated above, Dimarzio Super D and a PAF in the neck.
     
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    fishman modern
     
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    Duncan JB.
     
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    I like a Jazz and a Distortion for this...especially this old school stuff.

     
  13. stp

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    the thing with the fishman pickups you can plug them in to your guitar setup as it is
     
  14. Mockbel

    Mockbel Senior Member

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    They are still active pickups... in what way they are better than stock EMG ?
    I am looking for passives actually but I would like to know about those fishman !
     
  15. Mockbel

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    This is so classic and safe choice... no surprises
    I lean towards this set actually JB/Jazz... even the selector guide on seymourduncan.com suggested this set :D
     
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    I just got a set of dirty finger pickups a few days ago. I tried a epiphone sg prophecy several months back with these pickups and I really liked how they sounded with the gain cranked. The guitar I'm putting them in is a prs s2 singlecut. I'm going to drop off the guitar at the local store to get them to install the pickups this week. I have several guitars with emgs I like them but I wanted something a little different and these pickups fit the bill.
     
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  17. mmd

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    Oh, for sure. There are one things that I just accept because of the "history". In the case of that pick up combo, many manufacturers use it...name players use it....

    Are there other options? Yeah, of course - but it is proven this combo works.
     
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    okay I just got these they have 2 voices on them I need to change my tone pot to a push pull one that came with the pickups there really clear no matter how much gain I throw at them.there youtube videos on these thats how I herd about them. I was going to go passive to until I herd these.check it out you mite like um
     
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    Duncan Pegasus/Sentient combo
    Bareknuckle Nailbombs

    both are very similar, but the nailbombs are a bit clearer and have a tighter low end.

    The pegasus is similar to the JB, but tighter and less mid spike.
    the sentient is a combo of the jazz and 59
     
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  20. Jymbopalyse

    Jymbopalyse Senior Member

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    Lot's of pickup suggestions.

    The JB/Jazz is a very popular combo.

    I have two questions that might help narrow it down.

    What kind of an amp are you playing out of ?
    What pedal for metal are you going to use, or will you get that after the pups ??
     

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