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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-29-2012, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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540R Neck & Middle Pickup Help Needed!

I just picked up a 1989 Ibanez 540R with H-S-S configuration!

I really like the tone of the neck and middle pickup (C1), but they are very low output compared to the F1 in the bridge.
The F1 sounds nice, but is a bit on the Vintage side for me.

I have a Tone Zone F-space just laying around and will most likely put that in the guitar.

I am looking for a good (preferably DiMarzio) replacement pickup for the neck and middle position.
I'm mostly a neck pickup player, although I venture into bridge pickup territory for insane harmonics and feedback.
I use lots of gain on my amp (Soldano Lucky 13 - very souped up lead channel).
I like Fender cleans

I'm looking for pickups that are very good with clean or distortion tones.
Sustain is a must.
Note clarity is a must.
Touch Sensitivity is a must.

So far, my favorite neck pickup is the DiMarzio PAF-Pro that is in my JS-1000. Something similar to this would be fantastic!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-29-2012, 04:17 PM
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Re: 540R Neck & Middle Pickup Help Needed!

I would look into something like a Dimarzio Pro Track for your neck position if you like the sound of a PAF Pro. For the middle take a look at the Dimarzio Air Norton S or any of the Area pups.

Hope this helps
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-29-2012, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 540R Neck & Middle Pickup Help Needed!

I really like the clips of Satch playing the Pro Track on the new JS2400!
Just might have to get one!

I checked out the Greg Howe videos of the Air Norton S, pretty cool tones there too!

I got the chance to crank the guitar today through my Lucky 13. It has roughly half the volume of my JS1000. Kind of a real bummer because the tones are pretty nice!
The F1 is way too vintage sounding for me, but the C1's have some real nice fake Strat tones!
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