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Rated Htr
post Sep 9 2008, 11:20 PM
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Anyone has suggestions for some power metal sweet pickup combinations? smile.gif


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post Sep 9 2008, 11:44 PM
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I would suggest Dimarzio set:

neck> Air Norton or Paf Joe
Bridge> D Activator for Bridge


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post Sep 9 2008, 11:47 PM
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81/85 emg, it's a standard for modern metal (from Hammerfall to Blind Guardian, they all use EMGs)


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post Sep 10 2008, 12:09 AM
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QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ Sep 10 2008, 12:47 AM) *
81/85 emg, it's a standard for modern metal (from Hammerfall to Blind Guardian, they all use EMGs)


I'll support that suggestion as well, EMG's are active and built for heavy smile.gif


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post Sep 10 2008, 12:23 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions, I already knew the 81/85 set up, and although it's good, I would like to run into other alternatives so I can make my sound and doesn't sound that similar to others smile.gif


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QUOTE (Rated Htr @ Sep 10 2008, 12:23 AM) *
Thanks for the suggestions, I already knew the 81/85 set up, and although it's good, I would like to run into other alternatives so I can make my sound and doesn't sound that similar to others smile.gif



I used to have an EMG set on an old guitar and can support the fact that they are very versatile... Gilmore uses the SA single coil EMG pickups for example...

I had an 89 in the neck, which had a tone pot to convert from single to humbucker which was fantastic, an SA in the middle position and an 81 in the bridge position.

They were very nice pickups, and most notably VERY quiet. No buzz from these what so ever, no matter how much volume. But I bought them for the wrong purpose which was to upgrade a not so good guitar...

Ended up a much better idea to flog the pickups and buy a new guitar with the money... and some smile.gif

Great pickup's though I'd agree smile.gif



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post Sep 10 2008, 10:03 AM
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Not the biggest fan of EMGs here, but they do produce, a solid, consistent, good tone.

I really don't recommend Seymour Duncan pickups, although they do work well in certain high end guitars, I suggest the JB and 59 if you go SD.

The other commonly available pickups are Dimarzio, I highly recommend these for any guitar, Dimarzios have a nice beefy mid-range, witch can make up for a guitar with weak mids. And they also add a nice singing quality to guitars that already have strong mids.

I would recommend the DActivator, but honestly, they sound like EMGs, and if I understand you correctly, you want something different.

I can recommend the Evo, D Sonic, and Super Distortion for your bridge, all are great for power metal. The Evo is very clear, and bright, sounds nasty(in a good way) with distortion. The Super Distortion is clear, but has a big low end growl to it. I would say the D Sonic is between the two.
For the neck, an Air Norton would be a perfect match for any of the above pickups, glassy, smooth, awesome pickup. You could also go for the PAF Pro for more bite.


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post Sep 10 2008, 10:28 AM
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I have a seymour duncan JB Jr. In my american stratocaster wink.gif

For now, my options are starting to head DiMarzio way biggrin.gif


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post Sep 10 2008, 03:54 PM
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I have tested many pickups in my guitars. Di Marzio Paf Pro, Tone Zone, Super Distortion, Pro Track, Blaze 7string, Seymour Duncan JB, Seymour Duncan, I Seymour Duncan Minii Humbucker strat replacement (I believe it was called screaming daemon), Fender Noiseless, Kent Armstrong.

And what I found is that, for heavy distortion sound the best is a High Output Pickup, with lower output pickups you need to set the Gain Higher and yields more noise. I don't like using stomp distortion boxes, I prefer the pure gain of the amp, and with a high output pickup the sound will sound distorted at a lower gain setting.

So a good option would be the Super Distortion, which I believe is the Highest output Dimarzio pickup

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post Sep 10 2008, 04:17 PM
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QUOTE (Rated Htr @ Sep 10 2008, 01:23 AM) *
Thanks for the suggestions, I already knew the 81/85 set up, and although it's good, I would like to run into other alternatives so I can make my sound and doesn't sound that similar to others smile.gif



Yeah I got the same idea me too, when I was looking for some alternatives for my seven string guitar, looks like everyone uses the same pick-ups D-sonic from dimarzio, I wanted to stand out, something different, so I searched a bit the net, and I got this guy pick-ups, http://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk/

After many emails about the tone I was looking for, I got the Nailbomb, it's an Alnico V with balanced bass, punchy mids and excellent top. After Playing a while with my seven string and my mark IV, when I was switching back to my music man petrucci with stock pick-ups, I got the feeling that something was missing in tone, later I figured out that the difference was in the making process, they are wound by hand, and this gives a random winding that produces more and better harmonics, and a fat fuller sound.

One of my favorite quotes from Leo Fender is, "No machine can wind a better sounding or tighter wind than a well trained person"

So my personal suggestion is, go for hand wound pick-ups if you wanna stand out, and stay away from active pick-ups

passive pickups capture less of the string sound and more of the wood so if your guitar is not well seasoned, or just a plank of ply, the actives will improve the sound. If you have a nice sounding chunk of wood then the passives will tend to reveal this better than most of the conventional actives.

In the end your ears will be the judge.

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post Sep 10 2008, 04:22 PM
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QUOTE (Joe Kataldo @ Sep 10 2008, 11:17 AM) *
Yeah I got the same idea me too, when I was looking for some alternatives for my seven string guitar, looks like everyone uses the same pick-ups D-sonic from dimarzio, I wanted to stand out, something different, so I searched a bit the net, and I got this guy pick-ups, http://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk/

After many emails about the tone I was looking for, I got the Nailbomb, it's an Alnico V with balanced bass, punchy mids and excellent top. After Playing a while with my seven string and my mark IV, when I was switching back to my music man petrucci with stock pick-ups, I got the feeling that something was missing in tone, later I figured out that the difference was in the making process, they are wound by hand, and this gives a random winding that produces more and better harmonics, and a fat fuller sound.

One of my favorite quotes from Leo Fender is, "No machine can wind a better sounding or tighter wind than a well trained person"

So my personal suggestion is, go for hand wound pick-ups if you wanna stand out, and stay away from active pick-ups

passive pickups capture less of the string sound and more of the wood so if your guitar is not well seasoned, or just a plank of ply, the actives will improve the sound. If you have a nice sounding chunk of wood then the passives will tend to reveal this better than most of the conventional actives.

In the end your ears will be the judge.

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Wow Joe, great answer. I actually have heard this before about the hand wound and machine wound. The truth is I have never played a hand wound pickup, Now I am curious, There was someone at GMC winding his own pickups I wonder how they came out

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post Sep 10 2008, 04:36 PM
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QUOTE (Jose Mena @ Sep 10 2008, 05:22 PM) *
Wow Joe, great answer. I actually have heard this before about the hand wound and machine wound. The truth is I have never played a hand wound pickup, Now I am curious, There was someone at GMC winding his own pickups I wonder how they came out



if you try one for enough time to catch the differences, you will never came back! I'm not saying that guys like dimarzio or duncan don't know their job, infact if you like the sound of a particular pick-ups get it ( bear in mind that they offer hand wound for some artists), but if you search something unique, any scatter wound by hand, in a certain range (depends by models), will be different, and unique!

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