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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-20-2002, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
 
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ibanez 520 qs .. i need soem serious pickup opinions

hello.. ive read almost every post on pickups on this board. and i really dotn feel like my questions have been answered . so i finaly decided to ask myself

so i just bought a 520 qs and the v8 v7 are not to my liking ... i need to get them out of my beautiful transparent blue sapeal top mahogany body ...i was thinking along the lines of evolutions in the bridge or neck and bridge. but i hear alot about the other dimarzio pickusp and dont really know to much about them . so ill just tell u the sounds i want and hope some of u with more experience with these pickups could help me out ..

i love vais sound. not that i want to copy him. but he is a genius... in the bridge i want an emg 81 with a decent clean so i have to go to passive pickups... and in the neck i want a fat yet clear full sound.. much like gibson classic pickups but if u have somethign that sounds better please do suggest them to me. thank you i hope to hear from u
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-20-2002, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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umm. hey this is my again. i see that a few of u have been checking out my post. however i havent been getting any feedback yet... even if u guys dont care for the pickups i have chosen or want. i would still like to hear about what u guys prefer in your guitars.... thank you. and i really do hope to hear from you guys .. thanks
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Pop in a green Breed in the neck, and a green Tone Zone in the bridge.
Th Breed should do well for what you want in the neck.

-Ben
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, i was just wondering how come everyone suggests the tone zone. and it seems liek no one is very impressed with the evolutions.... what are the differences between the pickups.?
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I like the dynamics of the Tone Zone... nice low end, very crisp, and that midrange vowel-ish spike; not as dramatic as a FRED though- a bit too much there for my liking.
Evos are a bit too harsh for me, I'll take the warmth of the Breeds over the brittleness of the Evos. A lot of people like the Evos and hate Breeds though, so it's really down to personal preference.
Then there are die-hard PAF Pro-ers. I love the way PAF Pros sound in the neck of my PGM300 and USRG30, so there's another option for a neck pickup.

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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-20-2002, 10:43 PM
 
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A friend of mine bought a RG520 and asked me to swap the pickups with the Evo's he had in his RG550. They seemed to brittle in the mahogany for my taste and his, so back to the 550 they went. Since he had also played my RG3120 with a Tone Zone in the bridge, we tried that with an Air Norton in the neck position. That combo worked great.

The Tone Zone in mahogany works great. It has great low and mid-range growl and with the volume rolled back, the cleans are very clear. The Air Norton is very warm and may be the perfect match for the Tone Zone.

Also consider an Air Zone in the bridge. It's got the same midrange bite as the TZ with less string pull and richer harmonic overtones.

If you like your neck pickup to be clean and clear and still maintain warmth, try a Humbucker From Hell.
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If you're interested in something other than DiMarzio pickups, the Seymour Duncan JB (bridge) and '59 (neck) are awesome together, and sound great with mahogany.

The '59 in particular sounds really full and warm in normal humbucker operation, but when switched into parallel mode, (which i believe is position 4 on Ibanez dual-humbucker guitars with 5-way switching), it gets clear and articulate, with a bit of glassy shimmer on the top end. It's my favourite!
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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-20-2002, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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well actually i previously owened a les paul with the jb in the bridge and a 52 gibson classic in the neck ( which was really hard to find ).. and i liek it .. it was great, but i really dotn want to buy the same pickup. i want something new... to tell u im really into insane kick u in the balls soloing . but also want a nice smooth clean sound for lets say . soem guns and roses , or blues... has anyone else had any experience with evos in mahogany...and when u say they sound brittle do u mean liek emg 81 brittle.. i mean .. when i listen to vai i hear nothing that remotley constitutes brittle.. but please, im still open to any suggestions u may have
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-20-2002, 11:55 PM
 
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The Evo's were designed for lighter body woods like alder and basswood. To my ears, they're too harsh in mahogany. They're killer pickups if you're modding a 550 or 570 and are looking for Vai tone. I dropped an Evo into my swamp ash bodied Warmoth Strat and it sounds great, but when we tried them in the 520, the warm sound of the mahogany wood was gone.
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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-21-2002, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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so from what i take. the evo kills th mahogony.. but the tone zone works well in mahogony.. but is it good for those cut through solos....liek the emg 81 and evo claim to do .. cuz thats what i want out of a bridge pickup
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just my opinion- i've tried the 3120 many times just to convince myself the tone isn't a good humbucker in there (mahagony). no offence, i do own the tone zone, but it's in a cheapo Ibanez RX & it's fantastic there.
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post #12 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-21-2002, 09:48 AM
 
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THe tone zone can get a bit muddy in mahogany, i think the steve's special and air norton set work well in that wood.
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i got an air norton/tone zone combo in my rg520qs. its a killer setup. my rg520 is a workhorse backup for my rgt3120 which has the same setup(air zone instead of the regular TZ). it sounds great. the tone zone is most versatile bridge pickup i have ever used and i have had tons. the next is a JB and custom. the double whammy sounded great, too. a steve's special is a good pickup, too. i finally got to play plantboy's toys and his jpm100p3 was alot like my rgt and the tone from the SS in basswood was very similar to my AZ in mahogany. keep in mind that dimarzio and duncan both have exchange policies and second guessing is ok with these companies- even after the sale.


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I agree with darren. The duncan 59 sounds great in the neck postion of a mahogany guitar. Im also using a duncan dimebucker in the bridge which is also well suited for mahogany bodied guitars as it evens things out nicely.
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i have Duncan Distortion in my S540 neck- amazing humbucker for neck solos...
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