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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-02-2014, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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Which pickups should I install on my RG?

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After searching for a guitar that I would like to purchase, I have decided that I would like to purchase an Ibanez RG premium/prestige series guitar. I love the body and the feel of the RG series, however I worry that they might have a sub-optimal tone for the music I like to play. I was wondering if there were different pickups I could install that could change that? I play exclusively metal, this guitar would be in drop D tuning. I like to play fast palm muted riffs, and a lot of this is in the lower register. For a good example youtube Trivium - Rain. Which pickups would work best with a premium/prestige series RG to get the best tone possible?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-02-2014, 02:21 PM
 
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Re: Which pickups should I install on my RG?

Maybe D-Activators. There are a few others. Can you share any other details? What model Prestige is it?
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Re: Which pickups should I install on my RG?

I would find out what Matt from Trivium uses. I think its EMGs
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Re: Which pickups should I install on my RG?

Hey guys thanks for the quick reply!

I guess that would be my next question then, I'm not exactly sure which RG model i'm going to purchase. Would you happen to know which one is best for that style of music? I've heard negative reviews about Iron Label RG series so I don't think im interested in those ones.
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Re: Which pickups should I install on my RG?

I don't know where you've heard negative reviews.

What everyone should do when loo king for a guitar is going to a music store and actually try guitars out. Work out which one suits you. Any Ibanez RG is capable of playing the music styles you wan, in fact most electric guitars are capable with the right setup and amplifier.
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Re: Which pickups should I install on my RG?

The guitars im currently using now (an esp and a schecter) are both made from mahogany wood. The RG being basswood and as light weight as it is, im afraid that it might not be able to produce a nice clear tone for all the low end riffing I do. So I was curious if there was pickups which could help with that.
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Re: Which pickups should I install on my RG?

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The guitars im currently using now (an esp and a schecter) are both made from mahogany wood. The RG being basswood and as light weight as it is, im afraid that it might not be able to produce a nice clear tone for all the low end riffing I do. So I was curious if there was pickups which could help with that.
I think that has more to do with the amp, effects and pickups than the wood.
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Re: Which pickups should I install on my RG?

Oh okay

Both Matt and Corey from Trivium use EMGs. I wasn't looking to copy their tone in particular I was just wondering which pickups would work the best. I'm not even sure yet whether I want actives or passives.
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Oh okay

Both Matt and Corey from Trivium use EMGs. I wasn't looking to copy their tone in particular I was just wondering which pickups would work the best. I'm not even sure yet whether I want actives or passives.
thing is, if you install Actives, you need room for the battery : /

for passive I would recommend the Bill Lawrence XL-500. Its what Dime used in his Dean From Hell. its chug-tastic!
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Re: Which pickups should I install on my RG?

Okay thanks

I have a couple of pickups to choose from now I'll add that one to the list.
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