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Hi guys,

My friend has an Ibanez s series guitar and wants to change the stock pickups. HSH

Here are the tones he is after

Bridge- Paul Gilbert / Racer X / Screaming lead tone

Middle- As strat like as possible

Neck- Warm and fat which will sound very nice when split with the single.

I've recommended a Paf Pro(Love the one in my PGM301) / Tone Zone for the bridge, a True Velvet in the middle and a Air Norton in the neck.

Do people have any other suggestions? I'd like to stay within dimarzio please, and yes I have tried many BKPs.

Thanks a lot

Ant

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Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:02 pm
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sharpant wrote:

Do people have any other suggestions? I'd like to stay within dimarzio please, and yes I have tried many BKPs.


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ignoring your dimarzio request....

Suhr Pickups!!!

if guthrie uses them then you should!



why doesnt your friend make an account here?


Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:20 pm
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Hey Sharpant I once had a Dimarzio Evolution in the bridge position and I think it did a great job for screamin' leads.


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Yep. If you want metal pick-ups, Evos all the way. Loud enough for metal, awesome enough for great tone!

If you want something a bit more tame, go for the Breed. Breed = sex (pun intended)


Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:15 pm
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In my PGM I use Tone zone in both position and love the setup. I lower the neck pickup a little more though so it's not muddy sounding.

I have a custom built clunker with evolution in the bridge and standard PAF in the neck and I like that setup too.


Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:16 pm
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You realize your question is best posed to larry himself. He will email you back quick as well.


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Good point, I've contacted Larry in the past and he's been great so I'll send him a message.

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or you could ask me...

I reckon you have the mid and neck sorted, unless you wanted to change the neck for the new liquifire pickup or even a paf 36th.

for the bridge you could use:
super distortion
tone zone
evo 2
or my current fave - mo joe..

super distortion sounds close to what you are describing but use the liquifire in the neck for that.

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+1 Jaden, the Mo Joe is an excellent pickup. I have one in my RG321.


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Ha I've asked you enough questions over the past couple of days jaden!

Thanks a lot though. I'll pass it on!

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Here's what Larry had to say

A Tone Zone doesn't really fit the description of a Racer X/screaming lead tone. Paul usually used brighter-sounding pickups in Racer X. An F-spaced PAF Pro would be better, or possibly a D Activator bridge model if he wants something hotter. A PAF Pro in the neck & True Velvet in the middle should be cool.

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Evos and D Activators are both really hot smooth pickups. I think they'd sound good in the guitar.

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Really surpised abuot what Larry said about the tone zone though.

I've always been under the impression that it's THE pickup for screaming lead tones.

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you need to look at the dimarzio website more...
check the "out of 10" ratings for the bass, mid, treble etc..

the d activator is a great pickup but the string pull is pretty huge..

evo's are a definite no-no for me.

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Jaden wrote:
you need to look at the dimarzio website more...
check the "out of 10" ratings for the bass, mid, treble etc..

the d activator is a great pickup but the string pull is pretty huge..

evo's are a definite no-no for me.


I checked out the dimarzio site and even did the interactive thing that chooses pickups for you after answering questions.

Nothings gonna beat asking the guy who actually makes them!

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With the true velvets not being hum cancelling, how noisey are they?
Does anyone know?

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Looks like we're going to go for the paf pro in the bridge, true velvet in the middle.

We're stuck on the neck though. He wants something that has very good cleans but allows you to switch to the neck when playing shred and get that fat clear tone.

Is that even possible? How does the Air Norton cope with cleans and shred. probably asking for way to much...

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To my knowledge, in the early Racer X days (street lethal, second heat) both Paul and Bruce used a Seymour Duncan Distortion in the bridge and a Seymourized mini-humbucker in the neck


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