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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 06-16-2011, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Best passive pickups for Metal

Just bought a 10th anniversary ibanez prestige, and I am not a huge fan of the bridge pickup.

I have a guitar with emgs and a ****ty dean from hell with the 500xl.

Want to upgrade to a passive pickup any sugestions?

btw i play a ton of 80s thrash and a ton of pantera if that helps
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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 06-16-2011, 03:01 PM
 
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Re: Best passive pickups for Metal

Seymour Duncan Distortion. If anything is going to do 80's thrash well its gonna be that. At least, if you're interested in having a pickup thats more than a one trick pony.
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post #3 of 36 (permalink) Old 06-16-2011, 05:11 PM
 
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Mustaine used a Dimarzio X2N to record Rust In Peace?
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post #4 of 36 (permalink) Old 06-16-2011, 05:35 PM
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Re: Best passive pickups for Metal

BEFORE you post about selecting pick-ups!!!
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post #5 of 36 (permalink) Old 07-10-2011, 01:32 PM
 
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Re: Best passive pickups for Metal

Duncan Distortion will get you that sound.

My only word of caution would be that the Duncan Distortion has sounded exactly the same to my ears in every guitar I've had it in whether it be a $100 BC Rich or a $1000 strat or a $2000 Ibanez. It seem as though you don't hear any of the guitar, you just hear the pickup. So, I'd be more inclined to suggest something else if the guitar itself has good resonant capabilities.

In general, if you're trying to mask the tone of a crappy guitar, get something with high output and high DC resistance. If you want high output for a nice guitar, I've had the best results with high output but lower DC resistance but I'd need more info (as AlaskaBat hinted at) like the woods your guitar is made out of before making a specific suggestion.
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post #6 of 36 (permalink) Old 07-22-2011, 12:22 PM
 
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Tone Zone or Invader
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post #7 of 36 (permalink) Old 07-22-2011, 02:52 PM
 
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I know I've been spending waaay to much time on ss.org buuuut........ BKPs!!

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post #8 of 36 (permalink) Old 07-22-2011, 06:50 PM
 
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Re: Best passive pickups for Metal

For a basswood RG, Crunchlab in the bridge and a Paf Pro in the neck.

Rock on!
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post #9 of 36 (permalink) Old 07-22-2011, 11:08 PM
 
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For a basswood RG, Crunchlab in the bridge and a Paf Pro in the neck.

Rock on!
Crunchlab IS amazing in basswood. Honestly the only dimarzio bridge I have ever really liked in that wood apart from the steve's special.

I would also like to add that BKP ceramic nailbomb bridges are cool in basswood as well.

For nearly ten years I played really high gain tech metal through a U.S. b.c. rich loaded with a duncan 59 in the bridge. Sometimes I find that lower gain pickups are a lot more articulate. Its nice to have the amp push the gain stages and not rely on ceramic pickups sometimes.
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post #10 of 36 (permalink) Old 07-23-2011, 04:02 AM
 
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Re: Best passive pickups for Metal

The starting point for most people is the Super Distortion. Seems to work for most players. Also you can play anything with it. Great metal pickup, but also good for rock or anything else for that matter...

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post #11 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-09-2011, 10:39 AM
 
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Mustaine used a Dimarzio X2N to record Rust In Peace?
I thought he always used a JB in the bridge until he got his live wire set which I hear is a hotter active JB
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post #12 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-09-2011, 09:48 PM
 
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X2N. X2N. X2N
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post #13 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-10-2011, 12:49 AM
 
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Re: Best passive pickups for Metal

I use an X2N and love it for metal. It sounds great playing Lamb of God, Chimaira, Trivium, Metallica, etc. You'll can also get really nice clean tones out of it, especially with it coil tapped.

Drop C is the lowest I'll tune using this pickup though. In B standard or drop A, it really starts to lose definition in my opinion.
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post #14 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-10-2011, 02:03 AM
 
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did you try the pickup picker of dimarzio's website??
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post #15 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-13-2011, 04:15 PM
 
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I know I've been spending waaay to much time on ss.org buuuut........ BKPs!!

I'm partially GASing some Aftermaths right now.
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