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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-21-2014, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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Budget replacement pickup suggestions for cheap RG

Hi guys new to the forum
I got myself a cheapish RG 170DX to practice and learn guitar on. However I cant stand the power sound pickups on it. They're awful and need to go!!
here in lies my dilemma I have another project 1987 RG 550 on the way that will take time and money to get restored and will become my main guitar in the end (watch this space
So I don't want to sink much money into this as it will eventually become a back up guitar in the end.
I was thinking of getting infinity pickups but from what i've read they're almost as bad.
So I would love some suggestions for a set of 2 humbuckers for around £35/$50 that will give a reasonable all round sound for rock/metal guitar playing.
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I've got a set of modified V series pickups from an RGR 1570 that may be right up your alley. The stock ones are alright, but swap the magnets around and they become so much better. PM me if interested. Just look up magnet swap v7/v8 lone phantom and you'll get an idea.
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Cheers Phantom I may well take you up on your offer
I was actually looking at some js100 pickups but know literally nothing about them?
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I've got a set of modified V series pickups from an RGR 1570 that may be right up your alley. The stock ones are alright, but swap the magnets around and they become so much better. PM me if interested. Just look up magnet swap v7/v8 lone phantom and you'll get an idea.
^^This is the correct answer.

The V-series with the Phantom mod is truly a great sounding combination.
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From what I can gather the v1-v2 combo seems to be more preferable?
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From what I can gather the v1-v2 combo seems to be more preferable?
If you want rock/metal the higher output V7/V8 (especially with the magnet swap) would be preferrable over the V1/V2.
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Alright buddy thanks for the advice, ill look out for some v7/8s then pm`d you
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Re: Budget replacement pickup suggestions for cheap RG

I was going to suggest the same thing... v7/v8 and swap the magnets. LonePhantom's site shows you hos to do it. Otherwise, you can get a set of used DiMarzio/IBZ's for pretty reasonable. Would be a big step up from the Powersounds or Inf's.

Edit - Carvin pickups are available from their website and not as high priced as DiMarzio or Seymour Duncan.
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post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-22-2014, 01:36 AM
 
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Re: Budget replacement pickup suggestions for cheap RG

I was going to suggest some dragon fire pickups from www.guitarpartsonline.com . They are emg replicas but cheaper and come in a few colors.
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IMHO Carvin pickups suck. I had both a DMZ SD, a Bill Lawrence L500XL and the original Carvin C22B on my Carvin DC135. I immediately swapped out (and eventually sold) the C22B with a DMZ SD. I also had the L500XL for quite a long, finally put the DMZ SD back, and gave L500XL to my nephew. The difference in quality between the L500XL and DMZ was very small. The guitar sounded very close to Pantera with this pup. And it is also very cheap.
IMO some Asian makers like Artec, etc.. are ok pups but not on par with Bill Lawrence.
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Re: Budget replacement pickup suggestions for cheap RG

Thanks for the suggestion guys

@ Fire Eagle Di marzios IBZ are a deffo a potential. However I have to agree with panix Carvin pickups are not the best. A friend bought some last year as upgrades tbh they werent much of an upgrade :S

@ j,arledge again thanks for a solid suggestion. However the cost of postage from America will push me over my small budget.

Ive decided im either going to buy (on ebay uk based ideally for cheaper postage) the v7-v8 and switch magnets or get dimarzio ibz`s which I never imagined I could afford but are surprisingly cheap!!!
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Re: Budget replacement pickup suggestions for cheap RG

Jump on the V&-V8 swap first. I can't recommend LP's site enough, I followed the instructions on his video had it done in a half hour and over a couple of days noticed the results settling in. After a week the guitar sounded like everything I wanted.
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cheers Laobi will do fella
already checked out LP`s site and video
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IMHO Carvin pickups suck. I had both a DMZ SD, a Bill Lawrence L500XL and the original Carvin C22B on my Carvin DC135. I immediately swapped out (and eventually sold) the C22B with a DMZ SD. I also had the L500XL for quite a long, finally put the DMZ SD back, and gave L500XL to my nephew. The difference in quality between the L500XL and DMZ was very small. The guitar sounded very close to Pantera with this pup. And it is also very cheap.
IMO some Asian makers like Artec, etc.. are ok pups but not on par with Bill Lawrence.
You tried only the c22b and say they all suck? The m22sd and m22v are really high output but they smoke my dimarzio ibzs in my 2550.
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I tried whatever was on the supposed super high gain metal Carvin DC135. My feelings are the same about the stacked SC-sized it had in there as well. The mid one was broken and dead. The neck one sounded OK but weak. Eventually I put DMZ Air Norton S in the neck. It blends nice with DMZ SD.
Not to speak about the amounts of rust those pups had on them.
Despite all the hype (MIA and all), I can't say I was impressed by the overall quility of this guitar. This was a 1988 model, I bought it in 1997.
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