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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-14-2002, 05:49 AM Thread Starter
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Completed the setup of my 2127x, now.... Pickups!!!

I was happy to see that i could intonate the x-bridge correctly... Too bad i needed 4 springs for the bridge, as it is pretty stiff now, hope it becomes a little looser. Anyway, as I have not had to pay taxes yet, i can buy new pickups for the axe with the cash. I've always been a fan of active EMG pickups, like the 81. But I want to install some passive Dimarzio's on it, with the same compact but biting sound the emg81 has in the bridge, and a full toned warm hum for the neck...

Now i know it's impossible to test all pickups, and they sound different on every axe, so I need your opinion and help on the following:

I was thinking about putting a Tone Zone 7 in the bridge, and a Air Norton 7 in the neck... What is the difference output-wise, and will i be satisfied with the tone compared to the EMG's i currently have in my ESP.

If it helps, the pickups currently in the axe (v7 and v are too low, output wise.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-14-2002, 05:58 AM
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I have a 2027 and quite like the evolution7 someone retrofitted in the bridge. Very crisp and clear with gain, really lets you hit chords with a well distorted sound and leaves a lot of clarity. So maybe look into that one. Also, the lowB sounds well good with it . The paf7 I have in the neck is a tad bit yuck though, quite charaterless (for me anyway). Hope this helps, especially as I don't think I have ever heard the stocks...

The 7string EMG's will require rerouting on the body to fit (bit arse really) so I'd advise against that unless you really want them...
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-14-2002, 06:11 AM Thread Starter
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i don't know if it's even possible, to connect 2 active hb's AND a piezo bridge to 1 9v battery. But i wasn't thinking about putting EMG's in it.

Too bad you can't tell me what the difference is with v7 and v8's...
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-14-2002, 10:39 AM
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How about some pics of that thing?!? I've never seen one in person and have only seen lame pics from Ibanez Japan's website. How's the finish look?


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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-14-2002, 02:43 PM
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I had a Tone Zone-7 in the bridge of my 2027, and i wasn't so happy with it. It's a popular choice here, but between that and a Mesa Boogie, there was just no high end clarity. It was a good rhtyhm tone distorted, and tolerable for leads, but clean it was worthless- no clarity. I mean, if you love the sound of a les paul, maybe this was your thing, but if i wanted a les paul, i'd have got one.

Sometime this week, i'll be getting it back with an Evo-7 in the bridge and the paf-7 (pretty good pickup) swapped for the Air Norton-7 in my 7620. More comments to follow, but i have a feeling this will be closer to my tastes...

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-15-2002, 03:52 AM Thread Starter
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well the air norton is definetly coming in, i'm not sure about the bridge pickup, maybe evolution... I need a pickup that compares to the characteristics of the emg81

I'm sorry but I don't have a digital cam, so I can't take pics... Maybe I can borrow one somewhere.
About the finish, it looks very cool, but it seems a bit thin. You can feel the wood's surface through it.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-15-2002, 01:03 PM
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the best feel when caressing the guitar is on the jem7bsb imo
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-16-2002, 04:36 AM Thread Starter
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BK for me Sam! :P
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