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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-28-2011, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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Question Strat sounding pups :)

So, I bought an Ibanez RG350DX with upgraded Floyd Rose and some other upgrades, so now it is a pretty solid axe...buuuut i need a pickup change! I need pups that sound very good when clean. Maybe have some straty 'kwack' and 'twang'. I was thinking about DiMarzio Paf Pros or Air Nortons. What can you suggest me? I'd really appreciate your help thank you!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-28-2011, 05:32 PM
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Re: Strat sounding pups :)

A really nice clean is also the air classics. Especially if you wire them in parallel. I tend to agree with Paul Gilbert, I want my cleans to be as clean as possible then I can add all the other stuff on top of it.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-28-2011, 11:48 PM
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Re: Strat sounding pups :)

Nortons in parallel sound pretty bright and twangy imo.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 02:32 AM
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Re: Strat sounding pups :)

I've never tried one, but this looks like it would fit your needs:
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 05:07 AM
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Re: Strat sounding pups :)

PAF Pro is a very stratty sounding humbucker.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 05:55 AM
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Re: Strat sounding pups :)

The Humbucker From Hell is designed to quite literally sound like a humbucker. I have a set of EJ Customs but I haven't installed them yet.
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Re: Strat sounding pups :)

I haven't tried one but based on the Dimarzio description below it sounds like this may be exactly what you're looking for:

Because a conventional humbucker senses the string at two different places, it cancels some frequencies along with the hum. What if there was a humbucker that cancelled fewer frequencies? It would be brighter and cleaner: almost glassy-sounding. In other words, it would sound a lot like a Strat® pickup, but with about the same power as a PAF®. We created The Humbucker From Hell® primarily as a neck pickup. You won’t believe how much it will open up the sound in the neck position of a Les Paul®, and it has an almost acoustic quality in the neck spot of a bolt-on guitar. Why is it called The Humbucker From Hell®? Try it in the bridge position with a bright amp — but put in your earplugs first, and don’t say you weren’t warned.
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Re: Strat sounding pups :)

I have the Humbucker From Hell installed on the neck position of my DT-200; not quite the same guitar but it does have a nice clear tone with a fairly sharp attack. It is kind of strat-ish while still being a humbucker.
My advice would be to think more about your single coil spot. Leave the bridge and neck to PAF Pros or Evo's or some such pickup; your best "Strat" like tones will come from the single coil or the single coil in combination with your bridge or neck pickup.
I have the HS-3 on my 570. It's great; strat-ish while being modern. I'd also suggest one of the Area pickups or maybe even a True Velvet or something along those lines. IMO, the 2-4 positions is what makes the RG's HSH configuration so versatile.
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