I bought this Lado a few months ago:
My New Lado Earth-2003
Now that the honeymoon period with this machine is pretty much over, the charm of the Seymour Duncan JBs are starting to wear a little thin. It's too ice-picky for what I need to do (e.g. Maiden). The guitar is made of Curly Maple, which according to various sources, is even brighter than an alder Jem. So pairing it with the JB's = treble pups upon treble wood.
Here are the problems I'm having:
a). Not enough sustain. I have to max out the sustain on my Line6 compressor, which alters my tone too much to my liking.
b). Too ice-picky. My distortion source (most of the time) consists of running a Line6 Pod XT into a Roland VGA solid-state amp (I live in a small apartment). I have to crank up the bass on BOTH the Pod and the Amp in order to get some more bottom end.
c). Not hot enough. I have a Super Distortion loaded RG, and the JB is nowhere near as hot. Perhaps the lack of bass in the JB, and the Lado itself, doesn't help.
When Adrian Smith from Maiden used his Lados from 1984 to 1988, he had them loaded with a Super Distortion in the bridge, and a PAF in the neck. In my efforts to be somewhat original (yes... I know I bought "Adrian's guitar"), I am hesitant to use that paring.
I am thinking of a Super 3 in the bridge and a Super 2 in the neck. The neck pup can remain bright for obvious reasons.
Here is the EQ voicings (B/M/T) of the various pups:
Super 1: 8.0/7.5/5.5 (the original SD)
Super 3: 5.0/8.0/5.0
Dun. JB: 5.0/6.0/8.0
Super 2: 4.0/6.0/8.0 (neck pup thrown in just for comparison)
A question to the players who use maple-bodied guitars; what pups do you use?
Like I said before, I was leaning towards the Super 3, but I have read conflicting reports on Harmony Central.. I concentrated on reviews where an alder guitar (e.g. Fender) was used since it is the closest to maple in terms of eq-voicing (from what I understand). Also, I was wondering that since the Super 3 has a pronounced mid-range, would it compensate enough for the lack of low end (same amount as the JB... assuming consistent eq measuring procedures across both companys)?
I probably answered my own question in this thread, but I'm looking for other feedback. Thoughts? Opinions?
P.S. No Tone-Zones or Evos (lol) please.