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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-26-2012, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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Anyone find evo's too hot?

I love my jem but the more time I spend playing it, the more I am starting to dislike the evo's. I find the neck pickup too hot and compressed. I'm thinking of trying something else out in the neck... Maybe a breed? What do you guys like?

Also, when using a xotic Ep booster, it drives the amp too hard. Even at lower settings. None of my other guitars do that. Including a jem777dy, eb mm y2d and Prs cu22
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-27-2012, 12:12 AM
 
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Re: Anyone find evo's too hot?

I have a similar feeling on Evos. I found I prefer the LiquiFire neck and the Evo2 bridge. The Evo2 is a little lower output, a little more balanced, just an all around more versatile pup IMO...

However, that is in Alder and Basswood (standard Jem tone woods). I have found I LOVE the original Evo bridge pup in mahogany!
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Re: Anyone find evo's too hot?

Another vote for the Liquifire here. Sounds awesome in mahogany!
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Re: Anyone find evo's too hot?

Also, the new Gravity Storms are even lower output than the LF & Evo2... They have a lot of good reviews! I just picked up a new set but haven't installed them yet... but if you're looking to tone things down a bit but stay true to your Jem... Well they ARE the newest Vai set, after all...
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-27-2012, 03:09 AM
 
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Re: Anyone find evo's too hot?

another vote for the liquifire. maybe an air norton could fit as well, it’s much less expensive (at least here) than the liquifire
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Re: Anyone find evo's too hot?

I think folks have to remember that evolutions were designed twenty years ago and both amps and music has gone quite a way since then. I don't find them too hot at all especially going into an older valve amp with a subtle boost from an old pedal. Evos into a very modern ultra gain amp can start to get overwhelming!
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Re: Anyone find evo's too hot?

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I think folks have to remember that evolutions were designed twenty years ago and both amps and music has gone quite a way since then. I don't find them too hot at all especially going into an older valve amp with a subtle boost from an old pedal. Evos into a very modern ultra gain amp can start to get overwhelming!
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To me they sound good with any gear, they allow me to play from pristine clear to metal.
Evo hot and compressed?
I have reviews of several gear(amps and modellers) and songs using evos, nobody ever said my samples and songs sounded hot and compressed.
Probably you don't know how to get a good tone
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Re: Anyone find evo's too hot?

I like the EVO neck.
I think EVO1 bridge is too hot for my taste.
The EVO2 is one of my favorite bridge pickups.

My favorite neck pickup is the PAF Pro.
It's warm a litlle straty sounding with the right settings and very clicky or chippy sounding.
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-27-2012, 10:04 AM
 
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Re: Anyone find evo's too hot?

You could try lowering your pickups.
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-27-2012, 11:43 AM
 
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You could try lowering your pickups.
I was thinking exactly that

One of my friends' guitars had a CL/LF combo that sounded really bad (compressed, no dynamics, splits still sound like full humbucking mode, strong magnet pull) because the pickups were WAY too close to the strings.
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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-27-2012, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Anyone find evo's too hot?

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You could try lowering your pickups.
hmmm... good idea... i'll try that
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Re: Anyone find evo's too hot?

Evo's are my favorite pickup in mahogony.Alot of clarity and articulation.I use the volume and tone controls to tame them when necessary.
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-29-2012, 12:43 PM
 
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Re: Anyone find evo's too hot?

I'm in the camp that finds EVOs too hot. I lowered them in my Jem and although I didn't hate them (I actually like them better than the ever popular tone zone, which I find too dark) I did find the EVO to be just a little too hot and harsh so I changed them out for a custom wind that is voiced like the Duncan JB & 59 set cuz I think it's hard to beat the epic JB & 59 combo.
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