Pickups for heavy metal...

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  1. darthphineas

    darthphineas Senior Member

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    a few sugestions...

    Schecter
    Synyster Gates set

    DiMarzio
    Super D bridge and PAF Pro (in neck), Super 3 bridge and PAF Pro, D Activator set, MegaDrive bridge and PAF Pro, Illuminator set, Dominion set

    Mojotone
    PW Hornet set, Level Head set, Sledgehammer bridge, Black Magic Set

    BKP
    Nailbomb set, Aftermath set (only w/ hex poles)

    DMT
    Baker Act bridge and Nostalgia neck
     
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  2. Mockbel

    Mockbel Senior Member

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    Thank you for the "rich" reply... unfortunately except for Dimarzio, I have never seen other pickups on Egypt market :(

    I need to stick to local market to avoid the crazy shipping and customs fees.. still waiting for a JB/Jazz set as they pop up from time to time here !
     
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  3. Mockbel

    Mockbel Senior Member

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    What is his guitar? Shape and body material?
     
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  4. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    Hey brother....Steve’s playing a custom shop Lifeson LP. Sweet ass Les Paul with a Floyd Rose. Sounds amazing!
     
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  5. Mockbel

    Mockbel Senior Member

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    Managed to get used Seymour Duncan Jazz neck and 498T for bridge... I will install them soon... I hope they match well !
     
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  6. chunktone

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    A great pickup that I don't hear too many people talk about is the Rio Grande BBQ bucker. It's one of my favorites! It's a very pissed off sounding pickup!
     
  7. StingyCH

    StingyCH The Bearded guy from Heidi land..

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    Isn't the 498T too "muddy" for heavy gain? I mean, I love those pups, but not for metal. One thing that you had to try before swapping completely the EMG's could've been..an 85 in the bridge. It's very different from the 81, no "icepick-thru-ears" effect, very punchy and warm.
     
  8. Mr Insane

    Mr Insane Senior Member

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    Agreed on the 498 being muddy. I have a LP Junior that originally came with a 498 humbucker. Took the 498 out because it just didn't have any "definition."
     
  9. Mockbel

    Mockbel Senior Member

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    I will see... My objective is a JB/Jazz set.. so once a JB is available in my local market I will get it instead of the 498T... passive pickups is a must for me so I am not thinking about another EMG
     
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  10. Lungo

    Lungo Silver Supporter

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    It might be too late, but I'll make a recommendation anyway. I think you should consider Jeff Loomis Seymour Duncan Blackouts. It would be an easy swap since your guitar already has active pickups.

    Jeff Loomis Blackouts have Alnico 5 magnets, great dynamics and organic sound with very nice mid range EQ curve. Low end is tight and treble is smooth. Everything we like in a passive pickup but with all the advantages of actives. They respond well to your guitar's volume knob as well which I really like. :thumb:
     
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  11. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    Try it out first. I had a Gibson SG with the 498T in the bridge and it was great for Hard Rock and Metal chugging. I never found them muddy.
     
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  12. Kris Ford

    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    You may already know, but you'll need a new 500K harness, as the EMG pots are a totally different value..
     
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  13. Mockbel

    Mockbel Senior Member

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    Yeah i know dude.. at least new set of pots is needed.. i may replace the 3 way blade with a 5 way one for more options as well.. still not sure
     
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    cousingrandpa Senior Member

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    BKP Warpigs, just awesome.
     
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    Don't want to derail the thread, but I'd appreciate to be educated on this.

    Back in the days amps were relatively low gain. In the 70' Dimarzio offered a +13K pu to address this. Today we have HIGH GAIN amps with potent EQs and buy 13-16K pu's.

    So what is it that a 8-9K PAF-ish pu can't deliver in HM contexts? :jam:
     
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  16. Mr Insane

    Mr Insane Senior Member

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    I had Seymour Duncan make me a custom pickup at 13K.

    I don't particularly like cranking any amp's gain past around the 2 o'clock position. The results is usually a muddy-farty mess. The BB Pro's that came in my LP were both thin and at times harsh. I wanted something a little bit hotter than vintage output, but not full on shredder or EMG range. 13K has been a good choice. It can be a firebreather but still have clarity and clean up when needed.
     
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  17. Mockbel

    Mockbel Senior Member

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    Hi guys... got the guitar today... tried it for just 15 min or something... i can't say that sound is way better than before or something but with passives, i feel i am in my comfort zone.. the better part of the story is that i got the guitar professionally setup.. some fret leveling was a must to have thay super low action that i love and usually cant achieve myself without some buzz...

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

    only if its too close to the strings, lower it and the sweet spot will be found along with the magic
     
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  19. Mockbel

    Mockbel Senior Member

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    The set i have now is sweet
    498T bridge
    Seymour Duncan Jazz neck
     
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