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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-12-2013, 03:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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Bridge humbucker recommendation for rg2550 tuned to B standard

My Rg2550vbb is tuned to B standard with d'addario 13-62 strings. I have a Jon Baxter PAF in the neck (I recieved a set of these in a trade) and a Duncan Distortion Trembucker in the bridge.

The problem is that currently, the Duncan lacks low-mids and is mushy. A lot of people say that changing the pots from 500k to 250k would cut down on some of the highs, but I don't want to keep taking my guitar to the tech (I can't solder to save my life) after I figure out that I don't like the Duncan with 250k either. However, if any of you can vouch for 250k pots and Ibanez Rg's, please let me know as I like to not spend more money than I have to.

I'm a bedroom player. I play metal rhythm (not modern metal), btw. Amp is a Peavey xxx (e34l's) 2x12 with an extension cab with v30's (which are definitely the source of some if not a lot of my tone problems, and will be replaced with Eminence v12's before I do anything to my pickups). Also have an MXR 10 band EQ.

Here's what I'm thinking for new pickups:

D Sonic
BG Hellarail (love my Hellabucker)
Duncan Parallel Axis Distortion

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Re: Bridge humbucker recommendation for rg2550 tuned to B standard

I have D-Activators and D-Activator X's in two guitars (basswood, alder) tuned to C standard and they're brilliant. I disconnected the tone pots, however, and kept the stock 500K volume pots.

The D-Sonic should work out for you too because I used to have a JP6 tuned to C earlier.
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Re: Bridge humbucker recommendation for rg2550 tuned to B standard

Hmmmmmm....Dominion might be a good choice.



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Re: Bridge humbucker recommendation for rg2550 tuned to B standard

Wow, the Duncan Distortion has pretty tight low end already, but does have some sizzle on top.

I would suggest a Super 3, very tight lows, lots of drive in the mids, and rolled off highs. I started to suggest the D-Activators, but they still might have too much high end for you(?).
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Re: Bridge humbucker recommendation for rg2550 tuned to B standard

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Wow, the Duncan Distortion has pretty tight low end already, but does have some sizzle on top.

I would suggest a Super 3, very tight lows, lots of drive in the mids, and rolled off highs. I started to suggest the D-Activators, but they still might have too much high end for you(?).
I bought the distortion after hearing it used with a low tuned guitar in a demo video on the Duncan site. I liked it because on the demo it sounded like tone, not just gain (I'm starting to think that I don't want a super-high gain pickup for low tuning).

I guess it didn't occur to me that the guitar they used was mahogany neck-thru with a fixed bridge. When used with a prestige Ibanez the distortion has a 'sizzle' in the top and bottom, if that makes sense.

I had a super 3 years ago but I was stupid enough to put it in a LP copy. It was mids mids followed by more mids.
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Re: Bridge humbucker recommendation for rg2550 tuned to B standard

More mids!......I mean cowbell...


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I bought the distortion after hearing it used with a low tuned guitar in a demo video on the Duncan site. I liked it because on the demo it sounded like tone, not just gain (I'm starting to think that I don't want a super-high gain pickup for low tuning).

I guess it didn't occur to me that the guitar they used was mahogany neck-thru with a fixed bridge. When used with a prestige Ibanez the distortion has a 'sizzle' in the top and bottom, if that makes sense.

I had a super 3 years ago but I was stupid enough to put it in a LP copy. It was mids mids followed by more mids.


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