Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Boynton Beach, FL
Pickup Swap for my JEM
Here's the deal. I have an '89 77FP and a '00 7VWH. As things stand my flower pattern is superior in sound. My 7VWH is superior in playability. If I only had my 7VWH I would say it sounds quite nice with the EVOs in there. Then I plug in my FP and I'm blown away by how amazing it sounds. If I was looking for that Vai sound the EVOs would be great. Problem is, that's not my sound. What I like is a crushingly organic sound. I am not a shredder. I play with a couple Swart amps (think Fender tweed). I am a predominately rhythm player. I want my chords to chime. I love to play older stuff such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, AC??DC, Judas Priest. For newer stuff (although not really all that new) think Radiohead. Like I mentioned earlier, I am in love with the sound of the PAF Pros in my flower pattern. Those pickups kill it. I would just put in PAF Pros but do I want both my JEMs to sound so similar. Will the differences in my JEMs change it up? Do the newer PAFs sound as good as older ones? It's my experience that the new Dimarzio Super Distortions don't sound as good as the older ones.
Other pickups I am considering
Lollar Imperials (high wound) - I had these in a Les Paul I owned and they were beautiful. I am concerned about their mix with the middle pickup of the JEM which I most likely won't change. That and they are quite expensive.
My JEM (questions asked on the sticky)
Body wood - alder with basswood veneers
Neck wood - maple
Fretboard - ebony
Amps (I like playing with a lot of reverb)
Swart Space Tone Atomic Jr
Swart Atomic Space Tone
Pedals (I usually play without pedals but I still use my pedals occasionally)
Neunaber Slate/EXP (reverb, shimmer, chorus, delay)
Damage Control Timeline (currently at Strymon being repaired)
Damage Control Liquid Blues
Damage Control Solid Metal
Swart Atomic Boost
Keeley Time Machine Boost
Keeley KO/ALS (Stahlhammer)
Keeley Luna Overdrive
Keeley Son of Fuzz Head
So am I in the right direction with my pickup choices? Are there other pickups I should consider?
Thanks! I look forward to your input.