Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Lawrence Kansas
No no, not upset because no one could answer or has done it. I figured it was a long shot but worth a try. And I'm not sure its the Edge, its just the only variable I can think of except the neck, which seems less likely.
Thing is Im a tone FREAK, I'm not saying that I'm getting no low end off the edge guitars, its not my guitar/amp combo. Through any amp the others have a warmth in the low end the Edge ones dont by comparison through the same rig, thats my only point. Its not really lack of low end, its certain frequencies that I would describe as woody. I use Marshall JCM 800s 2205s and 2210s (which I firmly believe are the best overdrive amps ever, and I've tested them against damn near everything), and sometimes the Fender American Tube series Deluxe or Junior. The Boogie Rectifiers are nice to, and pump tons of low, point is if I was running both kinds of guitars through those the Edge ones would still be missing something. Its not just oomph, its tone. My 520s with PAF pros and Air Zones have more low end than my Legacies with Virtual 2s; I can get a ton of low out of any guitar you want by putting the right pickup in it. It wont capture that smoothness, woodiness, and roundness correctly though unless its inherent in the instrument. Its like using an EQ; you can only boost and cut whats already there but you cant add anything that doesnt already exist.
I don't keep all my guitars the same, there is quite a bit of variation. I have darn near every Dimarzio Duncan and Kinman model pickup and equip all kind of different ways. What I meant to say was that I have made them all the same at one time or another, or as close as possible by holding pickups/electronics etc constant, in order to do tesing. Thats just scientific method, you want to hold constant as many variables as possible so when you find a variation you can zero in on the source. If I take two 570s with the same string guage, action height, fret condition, tone pots and cap values, wired the same way, and put different pickups in both, I can be as sure as you are ever going to be that most of the difference I'm hearing is the pickups. Enough to make a pretty definite statement about the qualities of those pickups vis a vis each other in that setup. Conversely, if I take two strat shaped Alder bodies finished with PPG paint, wired the same, pots and caps, jacks, pickguard material, pickups, and one has an Ibanez neck and Edge trem and another has a typical strat style neck with Floyd or other trem, both rosewood/maple, set them up with the same strings and action, same fret size and condition, I can be pretty darn sure that most of the difference is caused by the Ibanez neck and or trem vs the other neck/trem.
Dont misunderstand and think I dont like Ibanez or something; I have more of them than anything else because I LOVE the feel of the necks, nothing comes anywhere close in terms of ergonomics. I'm a perfectionist though, and if I could get an Ibanez neck'd guitar to get that same woodiness and roundness of a strat (floyd equiped), it would be perfect and I could sell 15 out of 20 of my guitars lol. I'll keep tryin though, maybe when I finally get real close I'll be able to pass it along for those who are interested.
Thanks for trying to help though. Figured it was a long shot but thought there may be someone out there on the same quest.