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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-15-2011, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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RG1527 and APEX2 sound issues

OK, so ive been playing a RG1527 for like 6 years, I swapped the pups out for a PAF7 in bridge, and a Blaze7 in neck. I decided to purchase a APEX2 for a backup guitar, and I was baffled that... these guitars sound completely different.. ive got the same pups in bridge position and just cannot get the same sound. (and yes they are wired correctly) so my question is... could it be the pots are that different that it would effect the sound? my 1527 has more sustain and it more "metal" and smooth then my APEX2, which sounds great.. but not alot of sustain... and i guess just way to "korny" for me lol. but its just too different for me.. I need my APEX2 to sound like my 1527.. any ideas?? im trying to figure out how these guitars with same PUPS can sound so different.. only thing I can think of is pots.. but I didnt think pots had a huge influence on sound.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-15-2011, 10:47 PM
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Re: RG1527 and APEX2 sound issues

The RG1527 is made of basswood and has a trem.
The Apex2 is made of mahogany and is fixed bridge.
I'm not sure these guitars will sound the same with the same pickups. You might need to go with a D Activator? I'm not sure. Typically one goes for different wood deliberately to get a different sound.
Also, I think logically the Apex2 would have more sustain being a fixed bridge guitar. I'd check the setup.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-15-2011, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Re: RG1527 and APEX2 sound issues

Actually after looking at the two... I realized their wiring is going to be completely different since the APEX2 is using a 3 way, and the 1527 is a 5 way. (both using dual buckers obviously) im wondering if I swap the 3 way out for a 5 way if the wiring would make a difference in PUP sound. unfortunately I dont know a whole lot about wiring, the wiring I have done has just been following diagrams.. if anyone with wiring exp could help out here that would be awesome!
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-15-2011, 11:50 PM
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Re: RG1527 and APEX2 sound issues

different wood type and different guitar options (fixed bridge vs. trem). the 2 guitars will probably never sound the same. its all about the wood and really has nothing to do with your blade switch
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-16-2011, 12:24 AM
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Re: RG1527 and APEX2 sound issues

switch only matters in position 2 and 4 on the 1527 . Its the wood and the bridge
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-16-2011, 08:21 AM
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Re: RG1527 and APEX2 sound issues

I have heard that active EMG's sound basically the same no matter what kind of guitar you put them in. You can also try putting some brighter sounding pickups in the Apex to balance out the mahogany. Really though, with having different body woods, they'll never sound same.

There's got to be something with how the Apex is setup that's affecting your sustain. It should definitely have more than the 1527 in my opinion. Give it a little more neck relief, see how the sustain improves.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-16-2011, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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Re: RG1527 and APEX2 sound issues

Linkage, the reason I felt it was an electrical/wiring issue was because I can physically see my strings sustaining on the APEX2, but its like the pups are cutting short, sounds like they just dont have as much "drive" and "hotness" of my 1527. I never thought that body wood has THIS much effect on sound.

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