Good morning all.
Today I've got a question about the DiMarzio Evolution pickups, and I need everyone who has any experience with them to chime in please.
I've got DiMarzio Evolutions loaded on my Ibanez RG1620X, both for neck and bridge pickups, and I think they sound nice.
Lately I've been trying to figure out a way to mimic having 4 channels on my Mesa Boogie Mark IV. I really, really, want a heavy, chunky, crunchy Rhytm tone...something that can get downright mean. And then I want that lovely searing, liquidy Lead Tone that the Mark IV is so known for. With my amp I'm able to accomplish one or the other, not both, and even at it's best, the Rhythm Crunch is still a little lacking. I have the Mark IV A.
Anyway, in an effort to solve this problem, I bought an MXR ZW-44 Pedal. I'm a big John Petrucci fan, so I figured, Good enough for him, Good enough for me. Not so.
At almost any setting (except with the gain off almost completely)I was getting uncontrollable feedback. I would put my hands over the strings, switch pickup settings, turn away from the amp, and still got this very undesirable feedback.
In order to solve the feedback I was forced to walk out of my room and into the hallway of the house, lol. The feedback would go away when playing, but as soon as I stopped, it returned.
However, when I plugged in my Dean Vendetta 1.7....no feedback. It occurred to me at this point that the feedback must be caused by my Pickups. Realizing that they were designed in part by Steve Vai, this kind of made a lot of sense to me, lol, but I'm willing to accept that I could be entirely wrong.
So my question to you is, I recently sold the MXR on the bay, and still find myself wanting that Crunchy Rhythm tone. Am I going to have this problem again if I try a pedal like the BB Preamp, or perhaps the Tube Driver?
I'm sure a couple of you are thinking "Just walk further away from the amp", but I can't...my room is 9x10, and I don't have much place to go, lol. I would also like to be able to use any gain pedal to it's fullest, so having the gain 1/8 of the way on, because I would get feedback, wouldn't please me =(
Also, what do you think of the pickups in general? If I continue to have this problem, should I just change pickups, or are the DiMarzio Evolutions that amazing and I just don't know it? lol
So any opinions, experiences or offerings are very appreciated guys