Originally Posted by rty13ibz98
jeff, glad to see you alive again. congrats on the usrg. for the old racer x stuff PG used super distortions and duncan mini hums. for the sound you seem to be wanting, the tried and true petrucci rig seems to fit the bill. air norton and steve's special. i prefer the AN over the HFH for sweep picking. the HFH is what it claims to be: a single coil in a humbucker size. you can coil tap an AN to get that(i know, i did it to my rgt...very fat neck single coil). the AN has a mushy quality that makes the sweeps have a more legato type tone. very piano like. the HFH is thin, whereas both sound good, the HFH is more YJM style and the AN is more JP. either way, it all comes down to if you want thinner strat style tone in your sweeps or a fluid thick fat paf tone to them i prefer the latter.
Yep, I'm still alive and kicking. Though I can't say the same for the top of my computer desk since I have been smashing my forehead into it repeatedly battling with setting up the new computer for recording.
In regards to Gilbert using SD mini-hums. Any idea which ones he used? I see that there are 3 varieties today. I am looking at the tone curves for these three PU's and trying to match them to a HFH or AN curve.
It looks like the Vintage Soapbar has an emphasis on highs and mids with less bass, whereas the Hot and Custom Soapbars have a pronounced midrange (i.e. "frowny face" curve
Seems like if PG was using the Vintage Soapbar, I would like the HFH more (as opposed to the Petrucci standby, AN). Heck, maybe that's the reason he went with the HFH on his custom PG models with Ibanez? I'll have to check and see if the PGM models with the HFH in the neck are also made of alder like my USRG30.
Thanks for the thoughts dude... sure wish it wasn't such a pain to stick these in and pull them out myself. I'm considering a fellow listmember here to do the work (Hey, Scott!) instead, but I would rather get it right the first time.
I'll let everyone know if I make a final decision.