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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-14-2012, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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Help me pick out pickups for a vintage-sounding RG550

So, I have an extra RG around the house and I'm thinking of rewiring it for a different sound. I have a JEM7VWH and an RG570FM with Evolutions. I also have a strat that has a great sound but, of course, will never play like a wizard neck. So here's my idea: drop lower output "vintage"-sounding pickups in an extra pickguard and try to get a strat sounding RG.

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RG550
24 fret, maple board
Basswood body, pickguard mounted pickups
Original Edge trem
Sounds a bit "dark" with the DiMarzio's currently installed.

Suggestions?

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Re: Help me pick out pickups for a vintage-sounding RG550

Either the Eric Johnson set or a pair of DiMarzio 36th anniversaries

OK...

Having read the post again, if you want vintage strat sounds, I'd go for three DiMarzio "Areas".
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Re: Help me pick out pickups for a vintage-sounding RG550

Fender Texas specials or whatever they're called? Fender SCNs?
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Re: Help me pick out pickups for a vintage-sounding RG550

Do what I did-
Fender Texas Specials
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Re: Help me pick out pickups for a vintage-sounding RG550

Thanks for the suggestions guys. And Sebastian, that looks almost identical to what I was planning, except with a maple board!
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Texas Specials will sound great... Also look at the Dimarzio pre-wired Area pickguards.
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Either the Eric Johnson set or a pair of DiMarzio 36th anniversaries

OK...

Having read the post again, if you want vintage strat sounds, I'd go for three DiMarzio "Areas".
Hands down....best suggestion all day.

The 36th can sound VERY strat like (when split) if you order them with the 4-wire config. The bonus is that they're more versatile if you need "more" out of the same guitar.
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Re: Help me pick out pickups for a vintage-sounding RG550

Funny.. I have a RG570 that I was thinking about cleaning-up it's sound a bit. As I have several other guitars all which have hotter pu's. I'm too stuck on getting a pair of 36th anniversaries. I am a concerned though they will be a bit "thin sounding" with the trem? I've heard this complaint with the PAF Pro which I would assume is a bit hotter than the 36's? Anybody running a set of 36's in an RG now?
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Re: Help me pick out pickups for a vintage-sounding RG550

Do you want singlecoils or humbuckers? Texas Specials aren't bad - the middle position is my favorite "traditional" singlecoil I've tried. The vintage stagger irritates me, but if you want Strat-y sounds out of a dark RG550, they might do the trick.
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For a vintage Strat type sound: Seymour Duncan SSL2. Good shimmer, chime, and beef with some gain. The A5 magnets should brighten things up.

For a slightly more powerful bridge pu, a Twang Banger is good, which has a copper plated steel baseplate, giving a more Tele style vibe.
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suhr have got some nice vintage style pickups, and if u want hot vintage, they've got their aldrich signature set! although they were designed for a LP/mahog body, so dnt know what they'd be like in basswood?!
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For a vintage Strat type sound: Seymour Duncan SSL2. Good shimmer, chime, and beef with some gain. The A5 magnets should brighten things up.

For a slightly more powerful bridge pu, a Twang Banger is good, which has a copper plated steel baseplate, giving a more Tele style vibe.
Yeah, I've been thinking of putting a Twang Banger in the bridge position of my Strat, but then I look over and seem my RG550 and think "What if..?"
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Thanks for the suggestions guys. And Sebastian, that looks almost identical to what I was planning, except with a maple board!
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Yeah, I've been thinking of putting a Twang Banger in the bridge position of my Strat, but then I look over and seem my RG550 and think "What if..?"
Hehe. I suppose my only beef with the Twang Banger is that it doesn't appear to come with flat poles, and with a flat radius axe like a 550, the D and G strings might end up being louder than the rest. You'd probably have to go Custom Shop for flat poles, which means extra $$. Great sounding pu though - adds muscle without taking away the Strat vibe.
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Do you want singlecoils or humbuckers? Texas Specials aren't bad - the middle position is my favorite "traditional" singlecoil I've tried. The vintage stagger irritates me, but if you want Strat-y sounds out of a dark RG550, they might do the trick.
Then would you say with the proper capacitance (aka 2 tones and a vol or at least a capacitor pretending to be 3 250k pots) a middle Texas special will be able to pull vintage tones on a basswood rg or jem?

Right now Im sort of wanting what the op wants, atm I have just an evo and liquifire with no middle but I'm thinking about just making the middle a one trick pony for bluesy tones. But I'm thinking about changing the neck pup to something more versatile if the middle can't do it.
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