Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: France - Strasbourg
Re: Help Me with Pickups
I've got a Paf Joe in a basswood RG. I hesitated with the liquifire. I think the liquifire sound is really the solo sound of Petrucci, especially in the song on the Back of Angels.
The Paf Joe has a more balanced EQ, and has slightly less output.
I truly love this pup, but it's not really intended to shred soloing. Nevertheless, I'm able to have some cool sounds from it, even when I'm shredding.
So if you want more midrange (probably more cut through the mix, which is helpful if you play in a band with 2 guitars) go for the Liquifire (Actually the Joe can also cut through the mix, but it has less midrange). If you want to be able to get some vintage sounds on one side and cool satured tones on the other one, go for the Paf Joe. As SpikeSocietySucks said, the Paf Joe is a bit quacky, but not that much, just great (IMO at least). The Joe EQ on the DM website shows it has a lot of treble, but it's really balanced, there are not that much treble, the low frequencies can be intense depending on your sound when you play above the 12th fret of the 2 low strings
Hope this helps!