A couple of years ago I bought an old first year RG570, the body is a bit chipped and dented and the neck needs a good fret dressing, but the guitar is one of those ones that you know is "right". So I'm going to send it to a great luthier I know to have it overhauled. Including having some new humbuckers added. So, taking Ryc's thread as guidance points...
What new DiMarzio buckers should my amazing old RG570 get?
1. What type of music do you like? Be specific about bands or particular guitarists.
OK this is the easy one, this is a guitar for melodic instrumental rock, not metal or djent or what have you. It’s for Satch, Petrucci, Vai, type stuff.
2. What type of equipment are you going to be playing through? A 10 watt "Rouge" amplifier is never going to sound better, no matter what pickups you put in your guitar......sorry
Mainly I’ll be playing through Line 6 gear at low volumes. I do notice a big difference between pickups in similar guitars or between body woods, so the gear is big enough to pickup the difference in pickups
3. What are the specifics of your guitar? I find myself having to browse the web all the time to find out the specs of peoples guitars...
A. Is it a trem or hardtail?
B. maple or rosewood board?
C. how many frets?
D. what controls are on it?
E. What type of wood is you body made from?
F. Are your pickups direct mounted, ring mounted or in a pickguard?
THESE THINGS DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!!!
It’s a 1989 RG570WH, Original Edge trem, dark rosewood board, 24 frets and single 1 volume, 1 tone. It’s a standard basswood body and the pickups are ring mounted.
Other important factors
1. Why are you changing your pickups? So many times I see people wanting to change their pickups because they think they HAVE to based on other peoples advice. What is it that YOU don't like about your current pups? What would you like to be different in a set of new ones?
There are two reasons, the first is that the guitar is going under the knife anyway. The electics are shot and the trem claw has disintegrated. You don’t want to know what the previous owner has done to keep it playable!!!
The second is that the bridge pickup lacks definition and seems to not react quickly enough to the notes when playing high frequencies. Woolly is a term I would use. It’s great on open chords with full distortion, but that’s only part of what I’m after. I want “more” lead tone. The selector switch does't work, so I've never heard the neck pickup and I can't remember what an old V1 sounds like in the neck
Another thing is that I want to try some of the latest round of new pickups, so whilst i love PAF Pros, I can think of at least 5 guitar I have with that in the neck. I don’t have any of the newer ones. I don’t think I’ve kept anything newer than about 10 years old!!!
I should say here that I really don’t like the Tone Zone, it’s got “too much” tone!
2. Are you looking for any particular brand, and if so...Why? Do you have previous experience with that brand, or maybe a bad experience with another brand? Are you going on someone's advice or on your own research??
I’m looking for DiMarzios because I have them in lots of guitars and I have a good reference point with their line of pickups. But I don’t have real experience with anything after about 2003. I’ve borrowed guitars with them and I’ve flipped guitars with them, but I’ve not kept anything.
3. Often times people think they need new pups because their guitar is making funny noises, or sounding weak....... sometimes there's nothing wrong with their pups. Sometimes it's other electrical problems like a loose jack, a dirty pot or switch, a loose or broken solder joint...... etc. If you DO have a problem like this.....DESCRIBE IT IN DETAIL. Guitar electronics are actually very easy to fix yourself.
The selector doesn’t work, the tone pot is scratchy which is one reason it’s going to be looked at. So feel free to suggest electronics changes too