Re: DiMarzio Mo' Joe (Higher output version of FRED)
I'm a newbie here and need some help if that's OK?
Due to the nightmare of nightmares for guitarist I now need to use as light a weight guitar as possible - I have prolapsed a disc in my neck and have not been able to play over the last year or so! I don't like and can't afford the Parker Fly, so an S series is about as lite as anything out there. I have my old trusty fixed bridge SF470 but I always hated the stock pickups - the guitar sounded so dark and recessed. Anyway, as I play fusion etc I installed some of those Carvin Holdsworth pickups. They are excellent but wrong for this guitar.
I am after what i would call a medium to hot fusion sound that retains a bit of that old classic rock feel. For those who are into this stuff I would equate it to the early Holdsworth sound on the Bundles album when he was in Soft Machine? I want an open sound with definition but not too bright or modern metal sounding.
I have owned Duncans but want to go Di Marzio this time. Knowing the guitar (it is the slimline S shape with a mahogany body and fixed bridge) can you guys suggest a suitable combination - I have been interested in the discussion here about the Joe related pickups? I have also wondered about the Breed looking at the Di M site - would you say that it is too modern metal though? Also, I have a soft spot for early Al Di Meola and thus am thinking about Super Distortions but would you say these are too hot?
I want that open sound with a lot of harmonics, you know, that 3-D soundstage rather than the more distant sounding effect you got with more modern metal pickups (although I think the classic PAF pups might be too low powered)? Can you suggest a suitable single coil to go with whatever humbucker combination you put forward?
Also, I am seeking a mint FGM200 fixed bridge model - can anyone help? I am based in the UK but am prepared buy from the States. I am desperate to start playing again and this would be the kick start I need. Maybe you could spread the word if you do not think I have posted this in the right topic?
Thanks in advance,