Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Melbourne, FL 32940
Re: Neck pickup for AT1 - Help!
I have all the pickups that have been listed here in the neck on Ibanez guitars. The Breed is my least favorite of all of them. The Breed Neck makes a better bridge pickup believe it or not. I don't care for it much in the neck. The PAF Pro and the FRED are so close in sound it's not funny. The FRED has just a touch more mids and that gives it a little more output too, you can't hear the output difference at all. Neck pickups have less output for a reason, they get muddy faster with more output. When the Bridge is 375 and the Neck is 300 it sounds almost the same in output because the bass is so much greater in the neck position. The Air Norton is very popular but I feel it is an okay pickup, nothing special about it really but it works fine. In my opinion the AT-1 and the PAF Pro would be the best combo. The PAF Pro has a lot going for it, for what I like in a neck pickup. It's nice and warm but at the same time very chippy or clicky with the pick attack. You can really hear the pick sound clicking away through the amp. The parallel sound is even more of the same goodness, just more intense.