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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 03-11-2012, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ibanez Boot Camp-Standard Issue Guitar & Pickups??

Here's a discussion piece just for fun- interested in member opinions.

If there were a "Standard Issue" Ibanez guitar & pickups to go with it, what would it be in your personal opinion? Another way to look at it- if aliens were to land and ask for THE specimen of what an Ibanez guitar is, what would it be?

Of course it all depends on all the other factors as well (amp, pedals, strings, player, etc.), I'm just asking about guitar and pickups.

I'm too much of an Ibanez noob to submit my personal take, but from all I've read here it looks like a 550 with PAF Pro and Tone Zone wouldn't be a bad choice- and that's what I'm gonna do with my 550.

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if aliens were to land and ask for THE specimen of what an Ibanez guitar is, what would it be?

-Gaucho
Probably an RG550 or RG570, I've personally always preferred DiMarzio Breed's, but I think the most important factor is that we have Paul Gilbert demonstrate it for them.
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Re: Ibanez Boot Camp-Standard Issue Guitar & Pickups??

dimarzios are overrated. give me a pair of infinities any day. there is a reason you know. infinity 3 and 4 are modelled after dimarzios yet affordable and better workmanship. Its true, dimarzio pickup brass is shoddy and the made in usa adds price without value.
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dimarzios are overrated. give me a pair of infinities any day. there is a reason you know. infinity 3 and 4 are modelled after dimarzios yet affordable and better workmanship. Its true, dimarzio pickup brass is shoddy and the made in usa adds price without value.
I kept the infinities in my RG321, they sound great with the mahogany!
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yeah and they have double thickness magnets, so you literally get more bang for buck.
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Yeah, because double thickness magnets are a sign of quality....

The thickness and make of magnet are a factor in determining tone, not quality.

And after dismantling INFs, Vs, and a few DiMarzios, DiMarzios are better quality.

You like your INFs, that's cool. Everyone has different tastes.
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Re: Ibanez Boot Camp-Standard Issue Guitar & Pickups??

-1 on the INF's
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-1 on the INF's
ditto, even v7/v8s sound more open in a direct a/b comparison. oh well, everybody has their own tastes.
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Re: Ibanez Boot Camp-Standard Issue Guitar & Pickups??

I'd say RG550 with PAF Pros in the neck and bridge, Ibanez S1 in the middle (I actually quite like this pickup, not just being lazy). Tone Zone is a great pickup in some situations but a bit too woolly in others, whereas the PAF Pro is very adaptable.
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Re: Ibanez Boot Camp-Standard Issue Guitar & Pickups??

I like this answer a lot . . .

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I'd say RG550 with PAF Pros in the neck and bridge, Ibanez S1 in the middle . . .
. . . but I like this even better:

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. . . but I think the most important factor is that we have Paul Gilbert demonstrate it for them.


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Yeah, because double thickness magnets are a sign of quality....

The thickness and make of magnet are a factor in determining tone, not quality.

And after dismantling INFs, Vs, and a few DiMarzios, DiMarzios are better quality.

You like your INFs, that's cool. Everyone has different tastes.
gotta call bs on this.. dimarzios' brass is weaker and thinner, period. the infs have a more robust quality, and their paint doesnt chip as easily. also more wax was present, even the baseplate was waxy
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I'd say RG550 with PAF Pros in the neck and bridge, Ibanez S1 in the middle (I actually quite like this pickup, not just being lazy). Tone Zone is a great pickup in some situations but a bit too woolly in others, whereas the PAF Pro is very adaptable.
adaptable as long as you want the dimarzio "wooh" tone same with tone zone, very pronounced on both these
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Re: Ibanez Boot Camp-Standard Issue Guitar & Pickups??

Paint? It's coloured plastic, coloured when it's made. Baseplates have an effect on tone as well, maybe the thinner brass is preferred by DiMarzio for it's tonal qualities.

I've found INFs noisier than most DiMarzios, s obviously the wax isn't working either. When a pickup is wound correctly and professionally you can sometimes get away without wax, or very little. Again a ton of wax in a pickup is not a sign of better quality, just trying to mask a noisy pickup. Too much wax can muffle a pickup's tone.
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Re: Ibanez Boot Camp-Standard Issue Guitar & Pickups??

PAF Pro in Bridge position-

I don't hear a lot about this. Anyone care to share their experience?

Some opinions I've heard lately characterize the PAF Pro as being very transparent- good for adding effects and gain, not so lively for a clean or slightly overdriven sound. (I've read all the reviews I can find, anywhere. As with most reviews, the best you get is "I love this pickup!" Not very informative).
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Re: Ibanez Boot Camp-Standard Issue Guitar & Pickups??

easy..give the alien factory standard RG 550 with all original V series pickups.
for better or worse, it's the most standarized RG I could ever imagine.
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Re: Ibanez Boot Camp-Standard Issue Guitar & Pickups??

I agree with nandor, I'd have to go with the infinity pickups. I had them in my iceman when i first bought it. The bridge one was great, but the neck was a bit too muddy for me. But hey, for what i paid, it holds its own.
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