Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Fat neck pup to pair with Super 3
Guitar: RG520 QS (mahogany H-H)
Bridge pup: Super 3
I miss the tone of my Super 3 bridge pickup in my 520 so I'm reordering one. At the time it was paired with a Liquifire. I like a lot of things about that pup but it never inspired me much so I'm trying something new. I'm assuming I wont' like the Air Norton since it's so similar.
What I want out of a neck pickup is for it to be fat and punchy. I'll tell you what I didn't like about various pickups I've tried in the neck:
Liquifire: Too hi-fi/compressed, weird blippy sounding high-end attack, too hollow sounding. Want something denser thoughout the midrange and looser in the bass. If I wanted to sound like a piano, I'd play one.
PAF Pro: Too bright. Way too bright. I like the pick attack and high end, but it's totally lacking in the low end I want out of a neck pickup. Just a whole mess of flat-sounding upper mids. No thanks.
Tone Zone (yes I tried the Tone Zone in the neck): As one would expect, lacking mid-highs and highs (although surprisingly the high-highs, as in the pick attack/that very "tip" of the notes were totally sufficient).
In my 540S I used to have, which tonally is similar, I really liked the Humbucker from Hell in the neck. Despite the very defined top end, it had plenty of body for me. Had the definition that some people like out of the Air Norton and Liqufire, but without the weird compressed blippy/bloopy top end thing going on. However that guitar was 22 frets, which I believe made all the difference. May be worth a shot again though? Fred has also been suggested to me, but with all I've heard about what a "great stratty top end" it has, it sounds like it's not for me.
I'm thinking about a Norton (regular Norton) too. I've tried that in the neck of an Alder RT650 and it had some of the problems described above from the Tone Zone, but not as bad. Might work in this guitar.
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