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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-30-2010, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
 
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If anybody can help I'd be very grateful!

I would like to upgrade my pickups on my RG440 as I need to do some work on it.

I'm thinking DiMarzio Evolution for the bridge pickup the same as my Jem. But sorry to sound blasphemous, I'd like a Strat like sound for the mid and neck pickups. Can anybody recommend what brand/type pickups I should be going for?

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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-30-2010, 05:25 AM
 
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GET THA CHOPPA!!!!!

But seriously, the DiMarzio Chopper is awesome. It nails some strat tones and can hang with pups like Evos. Definitely a fave of mine. Even Ron Thal swears by it!
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GET THA CHOPPA!!!!!

But seriously, the DiMarzio Chopper is awesome. It nails some strat tones and can hang with pups like Evos. Definitely a fave of mine. Even Ron Thal swears by it!
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thanks for that
No problem! I hope ya find what you're looking for.
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GET THA CHOPPA!!!!!

But seriously, the DiMarzio Chopper is awesome. It nails some strat tones and can hang with pups like Evos. Definitely a fave of mine. Even Ron Thal swears by it!
+1 Installed one in a roadstar...great pickup
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+1 Installed one in a roadstar...great pickup
Chopper it is then, a couple of things!
Do they need additional batteries? Chopper for both neck and middle?

Just need to sell my RG550 then I'll get these sorted.

cheers
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My favourite strat pups are Fender Custom Shop 69's. Not sure what they'd sound like in an Ibanez but it might be worth a go. They really are great fat strat sounding pickups, especially in the bridge position. Sadly they only come in sets of three, but you might be able to sell one on evilBay. I've tried lots of Strat pickups (including Lollars which are popular) but don't look any further than CS 69s nowadays.
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My favourite strat pups are Fender Custom Shop 69's. Not sure what they'd sound like in an Ibanez but it might be worth a go. They really are great fat strat sounding pickups, especially in the bridge position. Sadly they only come in sets of three, but you might be able to sell one on evilBay. I've tried lots of Strat pickups (including Lollars which are popular) but don't look any further than CS 69s nowadays.
I thought that would be the route to go down, but I was thinking I could also buy a Strat instead. Unfortunately the custom 69's I've seen are only in white, and I'll need black.

May actually have to be the Velvet, as looking at the Fast Track and Chopper they look like humbuckers, maybe too powerful for the sound I'm looking for.
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Chopper it is then, a couple of things!
Do they need additional batteries? Chopper for both neck and middle?

Just need to sell my RG550 then I'll get these sorted.

cheers
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No sir they are passives. Check out some youtube vids of it in action. It may look too big and bad for stratty tones but I'm tellin' ya... It produces them VERY well. The best tone example I can think of is coincidentally Ron Thal's example they have up on DiMarzio... Youtube Bumblefoot - Don Pardo Pimpwagon. That's what ya get with the Chopper. Good luck on your sale btw.

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I thought that would be the route to go down, but I was thinking I could also buy a Strat instead. Unfortunately the custom 69's I've seen are only in white, and I'll need black.

May actually have to be the Velvet, as looking at the Fast Track and Chopper they look like humbuckers, maybe too powerful for the sound I'm looking for.
They do only come in White, But you can easily change the covers. Then again, if you're getting a Strat anyway stick some 69's in there instead!
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No sir they are passives. Check out some youtube vids of it in action. It may look too big and bad for stratty tones but I'm tellin' ya... It produces them VERY well. The best tone example I can think of is coincidentally Ron Thal's example they have up on DiMarzio... Youtube Bumblefoot - Don Pardo Pimpwagon. That's what ya get with the Chopper. Good luck on your sale btw.

Cool, they sound quite dry too

Thanks re the RG550, it was a live backup for my Jem very nice guitar but I don't really need it any more. Plus I'm back on the standard necks.

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They do only come in White, But you can easily change the covers. Then again, if you're getting a Strat anyway stick some 69's in there instead!
ah yes never thought of that lol. Sorry what I meant is if I went down that route, I may as well get a Strat. Although it would make sense logically.
I do have a Strat, perhaps I'll get the 69's for that??

btw I know f-all about the technical side of guitars, just tune them and play!!!! lol
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Heck with tuning... too much like forepl.... ok ok I'll behave.
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my favorite single coils for strat sounds are the rio grande vintage tallboys and fender 57/62's. i go more for a slightly fat vintage sound with my singles, though. i have a set of virtual vintage blues in my 540R and the extra beef in those pickups were needed because the basswood is so unlike ash or alder. in truth, ibanez does make a killer single coil for basswood in the S1. lots of output, fat tone, and plenty of sparkle. these pair up well with many humbuckers and sound good while doing it. i have several duncan singles as well: vintage staggered, vintage flat, custom staggered, custom flat, the hot for strat. all sound great, but the most unlike a strat single is the hot for strat. luckily, i have that paired up with a duncan 59 and distortion in my rg550, so it plays very well with those. i wouldn't want a guitar loaded with just those...especially going for more of a vintage vibe.


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