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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-09-2013, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Overly bright Mahogany RGA Pickup choices

Have a RGA321 from 2008 which I am wanting to love but can't dial in the sound. Wondering what pickup choices (passive) others have used.

My issue so far is that despite what one would think for a mahogany guitar, mine is actually very bright. Well not so much overly bright, but lacking low end. The sound is naturally very focused in the mids-high mids, with nice crisp highs, just not much low to speak of.

I also find the limited pickup height adjustment due to the direct-mounted pickups frustrating but that's a topic for another thread.

I'm mostly using a Crate Vintage Club 50 2x12 tube amp.

Anyway I play a wide range of styles but have several guitars to cover the lighter stuff, so I need my RGA to play rock/hard rock through alternative to heavy metal (more into classic, power, and Gothenburg type melodeath than strictly death metal, djent, or anything super low and tight etc. Not downtuning).

I have tried the stock pickups which were not for me, and now the Crunch Lab/Liquifire combo which was again too bright and maybe more to the point, too tight. Yes, too tight. That has often been my issue with the Crunch Lab, yes it has umph but it's a very tightly managed, "manicured" kind of umph. Sterile is too strong a word but leaning in that direction. I like a punchy but open sounding bridge pickup that sounds more untamed than the Crunch Lab. I think "wooly" might be a good word- thick and warm, but still with plenty of scratch on top.

Bridge- Super Distortion, Dominion, Breed bridge, AT-1

Neck- Breed neck, PAF Pro (generally too bright for me in 24 fret guitars but overall a winning pickup always), Dominion neck

Especially interested in the Dominion set as Morton plays uber brutal music but with a melodic sensibility on medium-low output pickups, and he professes to love many styles of guitar music as do I.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-09-2013, 03:15 PM
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Re: Overly bright Mahogany RGA Pickup choices

thats weird, I prefer mahogany because i think its a little bass-ier. I have 2 mahogany explorers,, (used to have 3) and I had a Super Dist. in one, a Gibson 500T ans a Burstbucker in the others ( as far as the bridge pickups go). I'm such a huge fan of the Super D that its my "go to" pickup for builds and mods. Its just got that certain something that is classic. I've never played though one and thought.. "not enough low end"..
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-10-2013, 12:57 PM
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Re: Overly bright Mahogany RGA Pickup choices

That is a strange quandry. I personally love an evo in Mahogany because it brightens it up a little. You might want to try an tone zone as most people seem to think it is a little bassy or muddy in mahogany. My 3120 has the tone zone and it is darker for sure. You say youve tried the crunch lab and most comments I have heard are that it lacks bass. I have a CL but haven't put it in anything yet.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-10-2013, 03:46 PM
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Re: Overly bright Mahogany RGA Pickup choices

I suggest an alnico magnet if you want a looser low end.
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