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OK, pickup time

I bought a RG350MZ a little while ago, and am thinking about replacing the pickups. I like a bit more definition than the stockers offer (because, let's face it, they don't really offer any), but kind of like where they sit tonewise. They could stand to fatten up a bit, but as far as I am concerned, that's it.

Here's the hiccup -- I don't want to spend a ton of money. I am currently leaning towards the Tone Zone, but am hesitant to blow the money, given that this guitar didn't cost me all that much. If I could get semi close to that with a budget pickup, it would be super.

Any recommendations?
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There's a million threads about it.
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There's a million threads about it.
[sarcasm on] In the pickups forum? The hell you say! And they all asked for exactly the same parameters as I did. How constructive of you to suggest the obvious![sarcasm off]

I searched already, thanks, and yes, there are a million threads -- so much so that it's impossible to sift through it all and get the answers I want to see. I am looking for people's input from experience, not just "save up for some Dimarzios" or "Guitarheads suck, GFS rules the budget pickup market," and the like, which seems to be the bulk of the responses searching provided.

If someone says "Hexbuckers are the way to fly/Hexbuckers blow goats," I want to know why they feel this way. Too hot/not hot enough? Great low end, but too muddy?

I can easily afford a couple of Dimarzios, but it feels wrong to me to do so on an extremely inexpensive guitar that I paid for thanks to a gift card and some change rolling -- my parsimonious nature coming through once again.
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I see a lot people talking about not spending the money on pickups for a cheaper guitar...that's a bit of nonsense IMO. If you are going to use it regularly and you think the Tone Zone will get you the sound you want with it, then go for it. If you buy a lesser pickup that only improves it a bit, you might not be completely happy and then you are stuck with a piece of gear that suddenly isn't worth playing that much.

Besides, pickups aren't a bad investment. Worst come to worst, you can take them out again and put on a better guitar later on. Just remember to keep the stock pups around

As far as which pickup to get, the Dimarzio site is very useful on getting you a few options. In fact, it suggested the Tone Zone using your description on the pickup picker
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This should help: http://www.jemsite.com/shopping/prod...65/cutby:5.66/
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What exactly are you after--tone wise?
Hard to recommend anything without specifics.
But, for inexpensive pickups--GFS has some decent budget stuff.
I really like the VEH set.



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What exactly are you after--tone wise?
Hard to recommend anything without specifics.
But, for inexpensive pickups--GFS has some decent budget stuff.
I really like the VEH set.
I was just about to say the same thing. GFS makes great pickups. I have tried most of the humbuckers they make. The crunchy PATs are awesome., they have nice blend of crunch and clarity. If you want full blown metal, go with the Power Rails.
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I bought a RG350MZ a little while ago, and am thinking about replacing the pickups. I like a bit more definition than the stockers offer (because, let's face it, they don't really offer any), but kind of like where they sit tonewise. They could stand to fatten up a bit, but as far as I am concerned, that's it.

Here's the hiccup -- I don't want to spend a ton of money. I am currently leaning towards the Tone Zone, but am hesitant to blow the money, given that this guitar didn't cost me all that much. If I could get semi close to that with a budget pickup, it would be super.

Any recommendations?
A Seymour Duncan JB/jazz set, only $130 at GC, may be an option. They are used for a very wide variety of music, from Metallica to jazz and gets by and definition is their middle name.

Now if you want absolute note definition and punch, then active EMGs can do the trick but they cost considerably more.

Here's the Duncans:

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You can get a used Tone Zone for $40-$50.

Or, try GFS, I hve their Surf 90 set and love it!
The Surf 90s are not what you want, try the VEH set.
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What exactly are you after--tone wise?
Hard to recommend anything without specifics.
But, for inexpensive pickups--GFS has some decent budget stuff.
I really like the VEH set.

I'm looking for warm and full, bit with enough output to get the job done. I mainly play hard rock, ranging to metal, but love to play blues as well.

I thought about the VEH set, but every sample I've heard seems to have too much treble for my liking, and not enough bottom. I'd like something warmer, rounder, fuller. I have a Fat PAT in one of my guitars, and do like it a lot, but I think the fact that I decked the bridge and added a brass block contribute to a lot of its warmth in that guitar.

And actives are out for this guitar. I just prefer passives.

The more I think about this, the more I think I'll have to nab a Tone Zone and appropriate neck pickup. After all, I can swap them out if need be, or if I decide to sell.
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Maybe the Crunchy PAT would work...



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Maybe the Crunchy PAT would work...
I have a zebra set of PATs in my Fireman,, and another bridge one in one of my explorers. love them!!
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I have a zebra set of PATs in my Fireman,, and another bridge one in one of my explorers. love them!!
I had some once in a Jackson--very nice sound!



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PAF Pfo make a nice neck Pu for the TZ-
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