Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: In the Nightside Eclipse
I get great results with the following Duncans in my RG 1550: Distortion (N)/ Screamin’ Demon (B). I had this guitar set up for high gain & they deliver! Traditionally, one would opt for a high output unit in the bridge as oppossed to the medium output Demon in mine, but I did not wish for my tone to lose its inherent qualities, so the Demon made my day. As I solo in the neck, my natural option would be a high output, clear, unit in the neck & the Distortion was a natural choice.
Howeve, IMO, nothing matches Duncan’s Full Shred (which I have in my S540) when it comes to clarity at high gain in the neck. my reason for having the Distortion in the 1550 was an attempt to be different.
Many players would advocate for the dimarzio-ibanez pairing, I do have dimarzios in my other RG but the Duncan appeals in terms of high gain clarity. Duncan-wise, many would recommend a bass-inclined unit to make up for the floating vibrato compromise, especially for ibanez guitars sporting a basswood body. My take on this would be to read as much as possible on the Duncans you wish to acquire & go with the one you think would serve you well.
I was bent on getting the Distortion Trembucker for my 1550 as this unit proved to be a successful complement to floating vibrato equipped guitars. But a day before my shopping spree, I read Geroge Lynch’s take on his Screamin’ Demon which he said complements light bodied guitars well. I never looked back…
Enough rant already, hope this helps…