Why Do Some Guitars Have The Same Humbucker In Two Seperate Positions?
Praetorian
Apr 17 2010, 12:59 PM
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I am looking at an Ibanez RG520GP...that has had the stock pickups replaced by DiMarzio X2N's in both the bridge and the neck. Why would you put the same pickup in both positions? What are the advantages of this? I think if I get it, I would change the neck pickup to something a little different for some different tones. What do you think?

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Apr 17 2010, 01:03 PM
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Sometimes there are two diffrent versions of the same humbucker so that the bridge is much tighter while the neck pickup gives a much darker and smoother sound. Some other times those are just two times the same pickup but it works well in both positions...

The diffrent positions have a great impact on how the pickup sounds! Even if you put two exact same pickups in a guitar they will sound vastly diffrent depending on the position they are in!

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Apr 17 2010, 03:36 PM
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As Zakk points out, although it's the same pickup it will show different characteristics in different positions (DiMarzio recommend it as a Bridge unit.)! If you decide to go for it and then swap out the neck pup then I'd recommend replacing with an Evolution Neck for a good output pairing.

Just looking at a website review of the X2N and it seems that, if you want a little electronics project, DiMarzio actually say that it was designed with the idea of Coil Tapping it or running it with Series/Parallel switching!!!
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It doesn't matter if you are using the very same pickup in 2 different positions, the sound will for sure be different cause the position of the pickup plays a big role here. The bridge pickup will always be sharper and harder, while the neck one will always sound warmer, so there is nothing wrong with using the same pickup twice.

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Apr 17 2010, 07:47 PM
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Get it!! You can't go wrong with those X2N's!! Specially if you want a high-gain-metal sound

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Apr 18 2010, 01:14 AM
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QUOTE (Santiago Diaz Garces @ Apr 17 2010, 02:47 PM) *
Get it!! You can't go wrong with those X2N's!! Specially if you want a high-gain-metal sound


I think I am going to...especially since he wants to trade me for an Xbox that I never use! Almost like getting it for free! tongue.gif

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QUOTE (Marcus Siepen @ Apr 17 2010, 08:02 PM) *
It doesn't matter if you are using the very same pickup in 2 different positions, the sound will for sure be different cause the position of the pickup plays a big role here. The bridge pickup will always be sharper and harder, while the neck one will always sound warmer, so there is nothing wrong with using the same pickup twice.


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QUOTE (Praetorian @ Apr 18 2010, 02:14 AM) *
I think I am going to...especially since he wants to trade me for an Xbox that I never use! Almost like getting it for free! tongue.gif


I think it must be a close deal!!. Hahaha

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These two pickups hold a nice value on their own, and there is nothing wrong with having them on both positions. Whole guitar for Xbox? => sounds like a nice deal to me biggrin.gif

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