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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-23-2010, 06:13 AM Thread Starter
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passive high output pickups for rgr320ex.

hi there brothers just wanna ask if whats the best high output passive pickup for my ibanez rgr320ex which is basswood body, i heard a lot of things about sd invaders and dimarzio super3, do this pups sound good in basswood? whats your recommendation? i play deathmetal in c# tuning
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-23-2010, 06:27 AM
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Re: passive high output pickups for rgr320ex.

High output =/= good tone. It just pushes the amp harder, for more distortion, and trust me, your amp already has enough distortion.
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Re: passive high output pickups for rgr320ex.

Agreed, you need a tight pickup, not necessarily a high output pickup.

Depending on your amp, I'd say the DiMarzio FRED usually has enough output in conjunction with a modern amp and is a very tight sounding pickup that won't turn to sludge (I go as low as drop C with that pickup).

If you do want higher output, I love the Evolution bridge pickup (many prefer the Evo 2, but I don't think it has quite the same bite) or the D-Activator.

Petrucci's new "Crunch Lab" bridge pickup is getting a lot of positive feedback from players at the moment as well.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-23-2010, 09:51 AM
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Re: passive high output pickups for rgr320ex.

I just put a Super 3 in my RG2570, which is basswood. It sounds really nice to my ears, exceptional, actually. I also have one in my RGA321, and it sounds equally as good.

But, I only use standard tuning. Through a Diezel or a Rectifier, it has a lot of tone. Its treble isn't too harsh, dark like Dimarzio describes it. The lows are nice and clear.

Overall, it sounds very full.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-23-2010, 10:49 AM
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Re: passive high output pickups for rgr320ex.

There is nothing wrong with high output pickups.

The X2N is the highest output pickup that Dimarzio makes. I have one in an RG right now. It sounds pretty awesome.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-25-2010, 03:33 PM
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Re: passive high output pickups for rgr320ex.

Does anyone know about bareknuckle pickups here? I mean, dimaezio is a pretty mainstream company I jus got my bareknuckle painkiler bridge and it's high output yet etremlly articulate. I can play all the strings I hear every one. Take a loom in their forums for recommendation because the painkler is bright and for mahogany and darker guitars. Best of luck to you.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-27-2010, 12:01 AM
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Re: passive high output pickups for rgr320ex.

I would say no to the invader...used one in the bridge of my rg , found it to be very dark and a feedback machine...weird tone...just my 2 cents
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