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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-05-2016, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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Neck pickup sounds flat

I've spent the past few months working and finishing my 1887 rg550 project. After much umming and ahhing plus research I've plumped for a dimarzio d activator X bridge (amazing) a dimarzio super distortion s middle and a d activator neck. All are coil splitable.
The bridge is amazing and middle is pretty good both were bought new.
However the d activator which I bought from ebay second hand to be a screaming solo pickup (check out massive treble in dimarzio site) sounds very flat and nothing like the videos and reviews I've watched through whilst making the painful pickup buying choices.
Any suggestions why it sounds less trebly than my bassy low end bridge pickup?!
Magnet lost charge? Did u buy a dud?
I'm about ready to bin it and buy a Seymour Duncan invader neck pickup tbh
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-06-2016, 12:51 AM
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Re: Neck pickup sounds flat

Is this in full neck mode?

Adjust the pickup height, this is much more important on neck pickups.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-06-2016, 12:34 PM
 
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Re: Neck pickup sounds flat

I've never loved the DActivators - they do a fairly god job of approximating the EMG sound, but to me, that means bright, almost coil-tapped thin, and kind of compressed in their response.

If you're after a "screaming solo pickup," wouldn't that be the bridge pickup anyway? For that sort of tone, I'd think an Evolution would be a natural fit.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-06-2016, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Neck pickup sounds flat

Ok I'll pick the neck pickup up a bit and see if that helps SHO.

I general always switch to my neck or middle pickup for solos and use the bridge for rhythm sections. Just the way I do it.
Agreed on the sound that's exactly what I'm getting soundwise it wasn't what I was expecting and it doesn't sound like any videos I've watched demoing em.
Nah not gona use an evo pickup in this guitar its spossed to be a shred metal machine probs gona swap out the d activator to an invader then
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