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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-16-2012, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Need some final input on my pickup decisions...

Ok, so as some have probably seen, I got an Ibanez 540r H-S-S recently. It's an amazing guitar, but I am not a big fan of the bridge pickup and decided to swap it out for something else. The distorted sounds are good and clear, but I find it really lacking in harmonics that I use all the time. I was going to get a FRED, drop it in and call it quits, but I'm thinking of trying something a bit different

I'm in the process of selling my Laney LV-200 and getting a Blackstar HT-20RH cause I'm finding myself wanting something with higher gain. So I'm thinking of doing a more radical change to the guitar and getting a Chopper/Fast Track 1/Crunch Lab combo. So is that a combo that would work well? Or do I need to consider maybe a Pro Track in place of the Chopper? Or maybe even something else? I am considering the Chopper mainly because I want a more or less genuine strat sound out of the neck position for cleans, but I know that the stock pickups from the 540r won't balance at all with the Crunch Lab that has very high output. So any thoughts are appreciated

BTW, I play mostly stuff like Vai, Satriani and Petrucci. But me and my Brother are starting a Prog Metal project, so I want to be able to get to that type of sound as well.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-16-2012, 09:57 PM
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Re: Need some final input on my pickup decisions...

For the neck maybe the Air Norton S or Tone Zone S might do the trick?
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-22-2012, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Need some final input on my pickup decisions...

Doh, forgot about this thread

@silverctr: I thought about those, but I doubt the sound would be something I'd like. After watching a clip of someone using both a Crunch Lab and a Cruiser on the same guitar, I decided that the Chopper might work just fine. In fact, the Chopper already arrived and the Fast Track is on its way. Just waiting on the Crunch Lab now. When the whole thing is assembled I'll let you guys know.
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