I bought an RG1550MZ PBL last year and the stock pups are v7(N)-s1(M)-v8(B). I was playing around with the neck pup earlier this week and found the V7 to be incredibly muddy sounding. I wonder if it's because I've got it in Eb tuning (Using D'Adarrio EXL-110 strings) but thats not going to change until I get my next guitar (I'm switching it back to standard E then).
Here are some questions regarding this situation:
1. Is the V7 naturally this muddy?
2. Is this because the pups themselves are not geared towards Eb tuning? <-I'm not sure this is an issue because many people have probably done this and some people like it
3. Could it possibly be my amp/effects settings are not getting the natural sound of the pups out correctly so it sounds muddy?
4.Could it possibly be the string tension is not strong enough?
I dont have any problems with the V8, and I actually like the sound of the V8 but the V7 just sounds too muddy compared to the V8.
1. I felt the same way when i bought my rgr420ex, so you are not imagining. They are indeed muddy. (get dimarzio dominions!)
Side note, i also hate the INF pickups that come with ibanez guitars. They arent muddy but they are weak.
2. They sound muddy even with standard. i tried changing the height, the strings, everything. They are just muddy crap! xD Maybe eq can help with that. (again just get dominions! they are very tight and fat sounding)
3. Regarding muddiness. (see 1 and 2) Dont use reverb with distortion, it makes the distortion more messy than it already is. If you do use it( for leads or clean) put it after delay and reverb. Also turn the gain down. dont know how long you have been playing for.
But many first year guitarists like to turn up the gain more than necessary.
4. It could be the string tension. What gauge are you using for Eb?
But all in all try changing the pickup height.