which pickups to choose...

Discussion in 'Guitar Gear Talk Forum' started by hiflier79, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. hiflier79

    hiflier79 New Member

    hey fellas
    im planning to change my neck and bridge stock pups...please suggest which combinations will be best....i play all kinds of rock from the 70s and 80s era.....pink floyd, megadeth,glam metal etc...im looking for good cleans plus a punchy distorted sound...thanx.....
     
  2. dpnkr

    dpnkr New Member

    my friend plays a lot of stuff like pink floyd, he upgraded to sd ssl-3 pickup on mim strat....dunno about humbuckers
     
  3. bcrich

    bcrich New Member

    Get a Seymour Duncan '59 for the neck, and a SH4 JB for the bridge.
     
  4. flood

    flood New Member

    for pink floyd, you'd be best going with active single coils, like the ESP SA. this won't do you much good for metal though.

    if you're doing the 59/JB combo make sure you get coil splitting so you can get single coil sounds. i think the 59/JB is a pretty good combo cause you can cover a lot of areas with it, they're fairly versatile humbuckers.

    the bigger question is what amp you're planning to play...
     
  5. rickkkyrich

    rickkkyrich Guest

    For metal you can look upto Bill Lawrence XL500... Cheap and good..Dimebag used them before switching to SD SH13.
    If you want a versatile combo then look out for wat bcrich said...
    The livewires i have in my VMNT are matched with SH-4 JB and SH-2n Jazz Model (neck) respectively in resonant frequency. Very versatile i must say.
     
  6. wylder

    wylder New Member

    How about EMG 81/89?
    I have used 81/85.. Pretty awesome for metal, without unwanted noise..
    The 89 is exactly like 85 but switchable to single coil mode and then it supposedly sounds like the SA..
     
  7. hiflier79

    hiflier79 New Member

    i have an H-S-H guitar....yup i was inclined towards the SD 59 and Jb combo....and was wondering whether i can put a dimarzio DP116 single coil in between for the cleans....is it ok to mix pups from different manufacturers?.....i do have a coil split....and im using a fender mustang 1 at present.....
     
  8. rickkkyrich

    rickkkyrich Guest

    If you have a GRG170DX or the GRG270DX then please do not upgrade it...
     
  9. hiflier79

    hiflier79 New Member

    i have a cort X6.....is there a problem in upgrading low end guitars.....?
     
  10. wylder

    wylder New Member

    There shouldn't be a "problem" upgrading low end guitars as such but if you don't like the feel/tonality/sustain etc of your guitar, changing the guitar is a little more effective than changing the pickups. You can't really expect the natural heavy low end and sustain of a mahagony Les Paul from an alder Strat after a pickup change.
     
  11. rickkkyrich

    rickkkyrich Guest

    There's no problem but i think its not worth it... I donno how good is X6 though... I'm just giving an opinion... i can be wrong !
     
  12. rickkkyrich

    rickkkyrich Guest

    Buy THIS this guitar instead and sell off ur X6
     
  13. bcrich

    bcrich New Member

    I like the EMG 81/60 combo, good for metal and heavy stuff. But I think the thread starter is looking for good cleans and punchy distortion so I think the SD 59/JB would be good for him. The Cort X6 is a good guitar, but has a Cort FR bridge which gives a decent tuning stability and it has stock coil splitting for single coil cleans, so this purchase would be good for him.
     
  14. hiflier79

    hiflier79 New Member

    actually what im planning is to build up my guitar bit by bit....hence the pups change.....maybe an original floyd rose afterwards(bajaao has one in gold...looks ostentatious)..the guitar is having a basswood body...i read that it comes somewhere in between mohogany and alder tonewise...what about mixing pups from different manufactuers...?
     
  15. bcrich

    bcrich New Member

    No harm, really. Just make sure the resistances of the Pickups are same otherwise you'll end up having a crap tone when both the bridge and neck Humbuckers are selected at one time.
     
  16. hiflier79

    hiflier79 New Member

    hey bcrich...have you put an original FR or is it the one that came with the guitar....?
     
  17. tapas.perti

    tapas.perti New Member

    Pickups

    Go for Seymour Duncan, they give nice, clean and punchy tones ... They won't be too expensive also, u might get them fr 3 or 4k depending on the style and shape you prefer
     
  18. bcrich

    bcrich New Member

    It's the stock FR only. But I'm planning to change it to an original FR. I'm going to put EMG 81/60 combo, so it'll become a Metal Machine.
     
  19. varunmm4

    varunmm4 New Member

    I would advice against using active pups in a basswood body. Sounds very hollow. From experience.

    +1 to duncan 59 & jb or you could consider a duncan jazz & jb
     
  20. bcrich

    bcrich New Member

    Ya, I researched a little more a couple of days back on the active p'ups and it's compatibility, so it's a no-go.

    Has anybody have had any experience with the Invader pickups?
     

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