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Old 04-22-2012, 11:37 AM
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Ibanez 1527 BP - 2003


Hello everyone!

I joined Jemsite this Summer, trying to understand which model was Ibanez (RGR570 IPT - 1997 - On 1998 Catalogue).

I had a lot of guitars in this months: BC Rich Kerry King , Epiphone V with EMG, Kramer SM-1…

But my heart belongs to my Ibanez

Recently, I decided to buy my first seven strings. Honestly, the first brand I thought was Schecter. Great sounding guitars with awesome features, but their neck are too fatty for me (I tried a Jeff Loomis FR Signature Model).

I decided to buy an Ibanez, again. Tuesday my Ibanez RG 1527 BP will be mine!
I found a good offer: 350€. Awesome condition (no one scratch etc…) with hard case.

It is a 2003 model, the first year.

I've some question:
What about V8 pickup? I've a V7 on my RGR 570 and it is a good pickup for soloing, but I never tried a V8. Crunch Lab could be a good replace?

Edge-Pro 7 Tremolo: What about that? Is it a good tremolo?

Any tips for that guitar? Does it sound good?

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Old 04-22-2012, 01:46 PM
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Re: Ibanez 1527 BP - 2003


Everyone loves putting Crunchlabs in their basswood guitars. It's what it was made for. So yes, go for it if you want it.
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:49 PM
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What about DiMarzio Blaze? I head they're pretty good.
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:15 PM
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What about DiMarzio Blaze? I head they're pretty good.
I have a Blaze Bridge in my RG1527, and I really like it. I've been really interested to try the Crunch Lab though.

If you want to know how the Blaze sounds, listen to some of the older Petrucci/Dream Theater albums. He used an Ibby Universe, which has the Blaze pickups, from Awake on. He switched to the D Sonic on Train of Thought, IIRC. Even his 6-strings from that era had the Steve's Special, which is supposed to be almost identical, tonally.
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:15 AM
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Which differences did you noticed between V8 and Blaze Custom pickups?

There're any differences between Crunch Lab 7 and Blaze Custom for bridge?

Thanks!
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DMZ blaze are real good..
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:08 AM
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It's been so long I honestly don't remember what the stock pickups sounded like, except they were a little bit muddy. I changed to the DiMarzios almost immediately after I bought the guitar in '06.

I have the Blaze Bridge, though, which is not the same as the Blaze Custom.
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:53 AM
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I'm one of those guys that didn't like the Crunch lab as much. Just didn't work for me....I liked the Blaze that was in my Apex100 though before I sold it and got the Jem FP2. Sounded perfect. That was in an Alder body though.
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:57 AM
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Oh.

Can you tell me more about differences between Blaze Custom, Blaze Bridge and Crunch Lab?

I play through a Peavey Ultra Plus 120W Head and a original Marshall JCM800 Cab 4x12 loaded with Jensen C12K.

Obviously I play Progressive Metal, with big influences from DT, LTE, Circus Maximus and Symphony X.

Thanks!
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I found the crunch lab just that....crunchy sounding. Wasn't a fan of it. I tried the bar facing both the bridge and the neck. It's pretty much designed to run with Petrucci's Mark V setup. The Blaze has a nice output and is quite smooth. I liked it for the low end chunk and it had a certain balanced quality to it with solos. It really sounded nice in an alder body guitar.
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I found the crunch lab just that....crunchy sounding. Wasn't a fan of it. I tried the bar facing both the bridge and the neck. It's pretty much designed to run with Petrucci's Mark V setup. The Blaze has a nice output and is quite smooth. I liked it for the low end chunk and it had a certain balanced quality to it with solos. It really sounded nice in an alder body guitar.
I've been thinking about the Crunch Lab/Liquifire combo for my RG1420F. While I like Petrucci's tone, I'm really more into the Marshall-type sound. I have a Splawn Quick Rod, and I like mids. Because of this, I've been reluctant to try that pickup combo.

Honestly, I like his tone on Images and Words the best. I know there was some Marshall mixed in on that record. I have the Tone Zone and Humbucker From Hell in another guitar, which is what he used then, and I love that combo. It works for just about any style of music too.

I totally agree with you about the Blaze. It has a great chunky sound, and it really sounds great for solos. It sounds great clean, too. DiMarzio describes it as having a "hi-fi" clean sound. My experience is in a basswood RG1527.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:51 AM
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I've been thinking about the Crunch Lab/Liquifire combo for my RG1420F. While I like Petrucci's tone, I'm really more into the Marshall-type sound. I have a Splawn Quick Rod, and I like mids. Because of this, I've been reluctant to try that pickup combo.

Honestly, I like his tone on Images and Words the best. I know there was some Marshall mixed in on that record. I have the Tone Zone and Humbucker From Hell in another guitar, which is what he used then, and I love that combo. It works for just about any style of music too.

I totally agree with you about the Blaze. It has a great chunky sound, and it really sounds great for solos. It sounds great clean, too. DiMarzio describes it as having a "hi-fi" clean sound. My experience is in a basswood RG1527.
So, the final sentence is?

Blaze Custom in the Bridge? DiMarzio's site says they're pretty similar pickups.
And what about PAF PRO 7 for bridge? Too noisy on a High-Gain amp?
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Again, I'm talking about the Blaze Bridge, not the Custom. I've been interested in trying it, though.
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:39 AM
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Again, I'm talking about the Blaze Bridge, not the Custom. I've been interested in trying it, though.
Ok, sorry, but are there any differences between them?

And what about PAF PRO 7 in the bridge?
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Old 04-29-2012, 02:02 PM
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Re: Ibanez 1527 BP - 2003


I'm sure there are differences, but I can't offer any real world comparison between them. The only thing I can tell you is to see what DiMarzio says about them on their website, and listen to the sound clips.

What are you thinking about for a neck pu? I've got the Air Norton 7, and it works well with the Blaze Bridge.
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