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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-06-2005, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Your thoughts on Ibanez V7, V8 humbuckers.

I just got a nice 1992 RG550 in Lazer Blue with a Lo-Pro Edge tremolo.

Its got the stock pickups, a V8 in the bridge, a S1 in the middle, and a V7 in the neck.

What are your thoughts on these pickups? im very curious to know.
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Re: Your thoughts on Ibanez V7, V8 humbuckers.

I have a S 7420 7-string that has V7 (7) and V8 (7) pickups. They sound really good live. The neck pickup especially.
They aren't the best but I plan Not to replace them. The guitar sounds great!
I have a friend that has a RG 570 and he has the same pickups you do.
He also has a S7420. He hates the sound of his RG 570 but loves the sound of his 7420. So I am curious to know as well.
It seems as though maybe the 7-string versions are better but I think it's because our 7420's are Mahogany?
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Re: Your thoughts on Ibanez V7, V8 humbuckers.

they are better off swapped. they are decent but lacking in bass. i've swapped all the pickups in all my Ibanez, less my RG7620 which came with default Dimarzios...
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Re: Your thoughts on Ibanez V7, V8 humbuckers.

Hmm. I think they are harsh sounding and not very bassy, I was afraid it was my guitar.

Would Evolutions sound good in the RG550? The only thing Im worried about is that the guitar will be too bright for them.
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Re: Your thoughts on Ibanez V7, V8 humbuckers.

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Hmm. I think they are harsh sounding and not very bassy, I was afraid it was my guitar.

Would Evolutions sound good in the RG550? The only thing Im worried about is that the guitar will be too bright for them.
I've got a 1991 RG570EG with an EVO at the bridge. Best swap I ever did. The neck pickup is just fine for most applications, I have yet to find a situation where it didn't really fit, or I'd just use one of my other guitars that did fit.
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Re: Your thoughts on Ibanez V7, V8 humbuckers.

i had v7/8 in my rg570 and found that they lacked character, if u know what i mean :P

swapped them for a tonezone bridge and paf-pro neck, best thing i ever did, they sound just amazing
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Re: Your thoughts on Ibanez V7, V8 humbuckers.

yeah i swapped the bridge and left the other 2 in my rg570. they sound fine. the bridge just lacked 'it' for a bridge pickup, i thought. so i put an evo in
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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-07-2005, 12:24 PM
 
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Re: Your thoughts on Ibanez V7, V8 humbuckers.

I found them too muddy on my Rg 550, I recently removed them and replaced them with Seymour Duncan's (JB Trembucker and a Jazz Neck) It sounds a lot better now; much more definition.

I'd recommend a '59 Trembucker for the bridge instead of the JB, the JB is a little bright for Basswood...
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-07-2005, 12:25 PM
 
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Re: Your thoughts on Ibanez V7, V8 humbuckers.

I would swap mine out (88 rg550) if I didn't already spend all my money elsewhere. I hate those original pickups with a passion, I just ended up with the guitar after a friend didn't want it anymore.
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-08-2005, 10:16 AM
 
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Re: Your thoughts on Ibanez V7, V8 humbuckers.

I acquired an old 570 with them. I wouldn't say they're the worst pickups I've ever owned, but they're far from the best. Totally muddy, no distinctive sound, no clarity, No coil tap capability on the humbuckers. Turn the volume down and hear your sound descend into so much mud. I ended up taking them to bits just so I could use the base plates for some new humbuckers that I made myself. The base plates were the best things about them - real solid.

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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-08-2005, 03:58 PM
 
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Re: Your thoughts on Ibanez V7, V8 humbuckers.

Everyone hears pickups differently, but I do not care for the V7/V8s. I have an Alder bodied RT450 that came with them, and I thought they were harsh and sloppy (this is already a bright and edgy sounding git. I replaced the bridge with with a Duncan JB, and there was an improvement, then with a DiMarzio PAF Pro, which was even better. With the 2 PU changes, the fundamental sound or output of the guitar didn't change much, it just got more articulate with heavier distortion. I don't play metal, so YMMV.

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Re: Your thoughts on Ibanez V7, V8 humbuckers.

I just replaced the V7/V8/S1 in a RG 570 with a Dimarzio Air Norton, Tone Zone and Blue Velvet reverse wound single coil. I am absolutely stunned at how much better this guitar sounds. The old pickups were Ok but this is an incredible improvement. The Tone Zone in particular is an absolute sledgehammer.
i thought about this pickup swap for @ 2 years before I did it and I should have done it sooner.
I highly recommend it.
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Re: Your thoughts on Ibanez V7, V8 humbuckers.

Do any of you guys who have experience with the V7/V8 pickups also have any experience with the Infinity pickups? My RG370DX came with INF3/4 pickups and they're a major improvement to me over the powersound pickups that I've seen in other Ibanez guitars. But then, they put those V7/V8 pickups on even higher grade guitars so I just wanted to hear your opinions.
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Re: Your thoughts on Ibanez V7, V8 humbuckers.

Hi, I did this upgrade myself just a week ago (V7 & V8 into my RG320 in place of the INF pickups). It does sound better, but I have not tested them at band practise volume yet, so I am itching to do that! I too would like to hear other players opinions...... In my opinion they have slightly more charectar and tonal complexity, sound generally more expensive.
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Re: Your thoughts on Ibanez V7, V8 humbuckers.

I just realised what an old thread this is!
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