After I got a Dimarzio for my Kramer (Double Whammy) I found that I am not playing my Ibanez nearly as much.
. I have an EMG ZW set along with an S in the middle (85 in the bridge though
) I don't like the pickups response as much as the DM. The harmonics are sterile the tone is also not warm enough for my liking. I don't like overly warm but there comes a point
Anyway I am bummed about it the EMGs are going as soon as possible. then comes my next dilema. The bridge pickup. I know I will have an air norton in the neck (I tried one and instantly new thats the one, its what happens to all my gear. I only need to plug in for 2 mins and I will know if its right for me!!) Anyway, the bridge pickup. I am drawing a blank on this one. It needs to be:
I like medium-super high output pickups. I like screaming treble, but I like it rounded in the upper most frequencies so it avoids being bright. The Evo I tried was immense in filling this criteria,the presence made it scream but not make it overly bright. Mid range is kind of strange for me. I am VERY particular about it. I need good high-mids to fufil the scream, but also coupled with a decent low-mids (just enough to make it warm). I would look for a V or U like shaped mid range. Also it needs to be really smooth the EVO filled this as well, . I mean like on the Racer X album Technical difficulties (particularly fire of rock and BRO). I also like the vocal like qualities of the Fred and Evos and am lloking for that also. Lastly I am looking for the tightest bass possible, so no mud please!! I look for clarity and space when playing the more the better!!
I am looking at the Evo at the moment but i know the Steve Morse is sweet as well. I need to know a few things about the SM first:
-Is it Dual Resonance?
-It is geared towards the high mids I beleive. Will its scream match an Evo I hear they are similar? (treble is low and it has a 450mV output)
-It has a lower DC resistance than an Evo will this improve the smoothness?
I am not out to replicate anyones tone in anyway shape or form. So saying 'Vai uses one!' Isn't going to change my mind at all!!
Lastly the guitar is an RG 550 it has a basswood body, Edge locking trem and a maple neck with maple fingerboard. (for those who don't know already
Sorry for the long rambling. Just EMGs are getting me down
Also I am aware they are both ceramic magnets
Where ar my manners!! Thanks for trying to help.