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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-29-2019, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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Good Bridge Pup to match with HFH in basswood RG/Jem

Looking to put an HFH in the neck of my 505, thinking about putting a Fred in the bridge to match with it. I want a Strat sort of sound with a bit more balls in the bridge but not a high output pickup (which I mostly hate except for one or two).

So what do we think, anyone have a basswood RG with an HFH in the neck? Let me know what you've got in the bridge and what you think of it basically. Or just what you think would work. I probably won't be using this guitar for too much overdrive or gain, so I don't really need that but a flexible pickup is always cool.

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I've owned the fred, it was nice for it's harmonics and feedback, but it seemed flat in the EQ, my father described it as "dark" sounding. It was in a basswood 540r. I wound up switching to the mo joe. Its the freds bones with a bit more bottom end and balls. Still a very dynamic pickup even though it can scream if you want it to. Sounds nice coil tapped too.
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Re: Good Bridge Pup to match with HFH in basswood RG/Jem

I'm looking specifically for something " not dark", so appreciate the feedback. I've got Bartolinis in the guitar now so I am looking to move away form too much warmth without getting into high powered or hi gain pickups.
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Re: Good Bridge Pup to match with HFH in basswood RG/Jem

I honestly don't find the FRED dark in the bridge of a JS. Alternately, see if you can't find a Hyperion bridge pickup. They're all kinds of punchy while being firmly medium output. Or just a good ol' PAF.
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Re: Good Bridge Pup toS match with HFH in basswood RG/Jem

Seymour Duncan 59 in neck always have single coil sound flavour to me. Is it worth to try it in bridge position? (There is Bridge and neck version, but you can put any in any position)
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Re: Good Bridge Pup to match with HFH in basswood RG/Jem

I double this all. Something in Satriani range would do it.
PAF Pro / FRED / Mo Joe.
This pickups adore like Basswood.
And they are good for what you like.
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Re: Good Bridge Pup to match with HFH in basswood RG/Jem

Jim, check out the 36th anniversary bridge. I love it.
Personal side-tracking note: I had the HFH in a Destroyer with a Super D bridge and loved it. I want to put it in my RG521 with a Super D. Been kicking that around for a while but I might actually do it soon. But, of course, Super D is WAY high output. They sound great together though.
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Re: Good Bridge Pup to match with HFH in basswood RG/Jem

I absolutely LOVE the Super D, but I am leaning towards getting closer to an actual Strat sound out of this Jem, as it's got the extra frets and better trem and all that. But who knows? I may end up with one in there anyway. I have a Steve Morse bridge pickup lying around but I haven't used it in years so I've kind of forgotten how it sounds. Morse uses his pickups in a different way though, using almost exclusively bridge pickup below the 12th fret and switching to the neck pickup above the 12th to "even the response", so it might be more of a neck pickup to anyone else lol. I'll have to see if I have a Paf Pro lying around, I might...
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Re: Good Bridge Pup to match with HFH in basswood RG/Jem

This is the clip that sold me on the 36th. I wish Dimarzio still had audio clips on their page.
Don't let the pic fool you. I think Jamie usually uses an EBMM Axis with 36th's in them.

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Re: Good Bridge Pup to match with HFH in basswood RG/Jem

I'm not sure if 36th PAF likes basswood.
If you ask me - Basswood is a wood which doesn't like too many pickups.
But overall , good pickup, just not sure if basswood will like it.
But basswood likes 3 of which I mentioned.

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And since you said that you have PAF Pro lying around. Put it in the bridge.
You won't regret it.
I would do that as a start.

PAF Pro bridge, some single coil middle, Humbucker from Hell neck.
Nice overall combo.
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Re: Good Bridge Pup to match with HFH in basswood RG/Jem

OP is asking for strat type of sound.

Few interesting info can be found here:
https://ibanez.fandom.com/wiki/DiMarzio_pickups

Since you have maple neck guitar,( and I am Dimarzio fan but ), there is another SD pickup that I can recommend for sound that you ask for.
I have Seymour Duncan STK-S1 which is very good sounding pickup.
It is stacked humbucker, so it is single coil size, and pickguard should be customized, but ESP snaper custom (T. Ohmura) is using just 2 of them, bridge and neck, with dummy middle and they sound great. Like HS3 on steroid.
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Re: Good Bridge Pup to match with HFH in basswood RG/Jem

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I'm not sure if 36th PAF likes basswood.
I have a set in my RG921 and they sound great!
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