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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-22-2014, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Advice for Pickup Swap on the RG655

Hi Everyone,

Once I get my tax refund I plan on purchasing a RG655. However, I already have RG3250 which has an almost identical set-up minus the Edge tremolo and rosewood fret board. Therefore, I was looking to swap the pick-ups in the RG655 to get a bit of different sound. I mainly play metal through a Triple XXX or JSX head (I am in the process deciding which of these to keep) and a 4x12 Orange cab with V30s.

I was thinking of getting a Seymour Duncan Dimebucker, SJBJ-1 JB Jr., and SH-1N '59 Model because I always loved Dime's tone. After reading a bunch of reviews, people seemed pretty down on the Dimebuckers so I thought about maybe getting a Dimarzio Crunch Lab/Liquifire combo. However, I'm not sure how similar these would sound to the Tone Zone/Air Norton combo.

Would love to hear some opinions on what you think would sound best and different from the stock TZ/TV/AN combo.
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Just to add on, I also have a RG3XXV with a D-Activator and Air Norton S as well as the RGIR20FE with EMGs 60 and 81. Would also like to get a different sound than these guitars. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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With everything you already have going in other guitars, I think it's time for you to try some BKP's!!

You could be the first guy on the block with a set of black hawks!!!!
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With everything you already have going in other guitars, I think it's time for you to try some BKP's!!

You could be the first guy on the block with a set of black hawks!!!!
I second this. The Bare knuckles are totally down your alley imo. Try the holy Divers (nothing better than a pickup named after a Dio song )
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BADASS! Man are these awesome! The clips sound awesome and when I read names like Painkiller and Holy Diver...just take my money already!

Do you guys have any experience playing these pickups? The reason I ask is they offer matched sets where as I was thinking of getting a Blackhawk or Painkiller or Warpig in the bridge and Holy Diver in the neck. Also, if you have played them, I'd like to know what you guys like best. As I said before I'm looking for chugging thrash tone like Pantera.

Thank you guys for the advice - BKP really look awesome.

@Matias - As a side note - the Holy Diver album is one of my favorites of all time. I have an original french pressing of the CD and it seriously is one of the best sounding albums - the guitar and bass tone are so awesome, not to mention Dio's incredible vocals.
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BADASS! Man are these awesome! The clips sound awesome and when I read names like Painkiller and Holy Diver...just take my money already!

Do you guys have any experience playing these pickups? The reason I ask is they offer matched sets where as I was thinking of getting a Blackhawk or Painkiller or Warpig in the bridge and Holy Diver in the neck. Also, if you have played them, I'd like to know what you guys like best. As I said before I'm looking for chugging thrash tone like Pantera.

Thank you guys for the advice - BKP really look awesome.

@Matias - As a side note - the Holy Diver album is one of my favorites of all time. I have an original french pressing of the CD and it seriously is one of the best sounding albums - the guitar and bass tone are so awesome, not to mention Dio's incredible vocals.
I've never used the BKs but I did what you did and listened to the sound clips. They are great for really heavy/modern stuff but I like a more toned down sound (my fav pickup is the AT-1) but I do like the BKs for what they are used for. They cost a metric ton of money over here (there is only one distributor in ALL of Japan and they charge like 200 bucks PER PUP) so that's why I haven't tried em yet. The painkiller and holy diver would be my go tos for BKs though.

Holy Diver imo is one of the greatest metal albums ever made. For a lot of people, Priests British Steel or painkiller get a lot of credit (and bot hare great albums) but sometimes I think holy diver is a little underrated by a lot of people. One example is that I went to the local heavy metal bar here for new years eve and as part of the owners way to celebrate the new year (from midnight to like 1am), he plays Maiden, Priest, Slayer, and stuff like that but Holy diver gets no cred. I think BEFORE you play maiden or priest you NEED Dio. Well, Japanese metalheads can be a weird bunch, the older generation is Deep purple and stuff like that, the newer generation is Emo/screamo/black/death. Nothing really in between.
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The Dimebucker is a massive-sounding pickup which is really great for lead because of how the mids are voiced. I'd recommend pairing it with the bridge model Little '59 to get closer to what Dime did, which was to use the full-sized bridge '59 in the neck position to better match the output of the Dimebucker.

Otherwise check out the Full Shred with the Little '59 neck. I'm using a Full Shred/'59 set in my Buddy Blaze 7-string and it's a really killer setup. Almost an element of Satriani about it. They're not two pickups that most people would put together (the Full Shred is better matched by the Jazz or the dedicated Full Shred neck pickup) but their differences play off each other really well. You can hear it here: http://peterhodgson.bandcamp.com/track/just-one-thing
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