Pickup swap...RG570 - Jemsite
Pickups & wiring Discussion about pickup types, replacements, recomendations, switching, wiring diagrams and sustainer systems for ANY guitar, JEMs included.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-02-2018, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: San Antonio - HOT AS HELL
Posts: 126
Pickup swap...RG570

I'm thinking of changing out the V7/V8 in the 570 for Dimarzio Super D and Liquifire. I have read that the liquifire is similar to the Air Norton. I have that in a S model so if it is similar I might consider something else. Any thoughts on this particular setup? I haven't decided on the middle pickup yet.

I'm mostly playing metal and have the Tone Zone/Air Norton and a set of duncan Black Winters. When I switch to the 570 it just doesn't have what I'm looking for. Also playing through Peavy 6505+ Combo.

I might swap the vol/tone pots but not sure on which to get. I was thinking CTS based on what I have read on reviews but the short/long etc has me confused. Ibanez doesn't do the best job of full description...or either I'm just not getting something. Thanks in advance.

Last edited by hilljack13; 06-02-2018 at 06:35 PM. Reason: added clarification for swap
hilljack13 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-02-2018, 07:51 PM
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 547
Re: Pickup swap...RG570

I wouldn't worry about the pots unless they're faulty, just give 'em a clean up with Servisol or something similar.

If you're playing metal with a high-gain amp then it all becomes a bit of a moot point since the levels of distortion and saturation will mask most of a pickups inherent tonal character and you simply have to tweak the EQ on the front of the amp to suit whatever pickups you're using.

I actually quite like the V7/V8 but not quite as much as the earlier V1/V2, to be perfectly honest they're not bad pickups, I think my fave set for rock/metal are the DM Evo's and for blues/rock the SD JB/Jazz combo, EMG 81/85 are super versatile.

Maybe SD Blackouts and a 3-way switch leaving the middle S1 single coil as an unwired dummy pickup would float your boat and return your 570 to the front line, the tone should be crushing with that amp!
sepulchrave is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-02-2018, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: San Antonio - HOT AS HELL
Posts: 126
Re: Pickup swap...RG570

Thanks! I guess I should have said the pot replacement would be for the Black Winters. I have an issue with the vol pot going from 0 to 3-4. I might have got the pot too hot when soldering so I thought if I start from scratch it might help.

I have ran the V7/V8 through a Digitech Hot Rod pedal and it sounds pretty good, but I would like to take it to the next level. I might also need to consider keeping it as is for times when I don't want the neighbors calling the cops on me ....
hilljack13 is offline  
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-03-2018, 10:18 AM
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 2
Re: Pickup swap...RG570

What are the Black Winters lacking in your 570? I ask because I also have a '99 570 and a brand new Black Winter bridge PUP waiting to go in, as my 570 is taken apart about to get a new paint job (all prep is just about finished, going to start spraying it today). I haven't decided on the pots yet, I have a couple 1 meg pots I might use but I also have a no load I might use for the tone pot instead...

Also, how do you like the Tone Zone? I know Ibanez uses them as the stock pickup on some of the Prestige models. I've heard they can get a bit muddy, but the basswood of the 570 might balance that. Then again, so many people dislike the V8, but I love it. I have a DiMarzio D Activator in another of my RGs and I do like it, but I wanted to try something a bit hotter with clarity in my 570.

Anyway, I agree with Sepulchrave if you go with Blackouts (or any active) don't hook up the S1. If you stay with with passives, the DiMarzio True Velvet is a nice sounding middle pickup and 1 meg pots will give you a brighter sound (assuming you have the stock 500k pots in there).
Ego Fum Papa is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-03-2018, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: San Antonio - HOT AS HELL
Posts: 126
Re: Pickup swap...RG570

The Black Winters are in an RG920. I love them! Honestly I haven't messed around with the tone zone too much, but I think it is better than the V8. It isn't that I dislike the 570 pickups, but I would like to try something else along the Dimarzio line that might rival the duncans. I did the pickup selector and based on all the parameters I used the Super D/Liquifire came up the most so I would like to try them out. The True Velvet came up as well and I have seen some good reviews on it. I've never used active pickups so no issue there, though I have thought about it. Maybe in a different rig.
hilljack13 is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-27-2018, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: San Antonio - HOT AS HELL
Posts: 126
Re: Pickup swap...RG570

So I finally got the SD and Liquifire. $119 for the set so I think that is a pretty good deal. Going to work on the install within the week.
hilljack13 is offline  

dimarzio , dp100 , dp227 , liquifire , rg570

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jemsite forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address

IMPORTANT: You will be required to activate your account so please ensure that your email address is correct.

If you do not receive your activation check your spam folder before using the CONTACT US form (at the bottom right of each page).

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
NGD Sneak previews on my oem body swap rg570 faekildare All Other Guitars (including Prestige) 18 07-26-2011 01:00 PM
Help with pickup swap Captaincohny Pickups & wiring 4 09-29-2009 05:01 AM
Pickup Swap Alopikal Pickups & wiring 2 04-26-2009 03:32 PM
Pickup swap for RG2020xtb pierce34celtic All Other Guitars (including Prestige) 20 06-27-2007 10:05 AM
Just did a Pickup swap, what to look for? Triangle Pickups & wiring 4 06-09-2002 01:08 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome