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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-07-2005, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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Pickups for RG-520QS

I am currently replacing my pickups in my RG-520. It has a mahogany body. I think I've settled on an Air Norton in the neck, but im not sure what would be good for the bridge. I love the Tone Zone, but I think it might be too muddy for the mahogany in this guitar, though I've seen them in this guitar. Those who have this guitar, what would you recommend? I was thinking an Super Distortion, Evolution, , or possibly a JB. Im open to any suggestions. Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-07-2005, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Pickups for RG-520QS

I forgot to mention that I play hard rock/metal, and shred.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-07-2005, 11:41 AM
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Re: Pickups for RG-520QS

In my experience, the super distortion is way too dark and does not do pinch harmonics very good. Also, dimarzio has a 30 day exchange service so if you think you choose the wrong one, DON'T hesitate to return it. I don't have much experience with the Tone Zone in mahogany, but in Alder it sounds amazing. I don't think body wood could change it that much, but you never know...
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-07-2005, 12:24 PM
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Re: Pickups for RG-520QS

Super's sound great in Les Paul's and they're mahogany. Think about whether or not you want to sound the same as everyone, or a bit different. You can get a used pup in the bay for 35 bucks; go a little crazy maybe. A JB would sound godly, as would a Steve Morse Bridge. While you can't return a used pickup, you can probably get what you paid for it if you spend wisely. I'd bet an Evo would sound great. Bartolinis are always nice
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-08-2005, 12:03 AM
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Re: Pickups for RG-520QS

Well if you don't think the ToneZone is for you, then you might want to look into the JB or maybe an EVO. I never really liked the Super Distortion...just doesn't have the kind of sound that screams "metal."
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-08-2005, 12:17 AM
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Re: Pickups for RG-520QS

I like the Steve's Special, it's a hot pickup, but doesn't sound as hot as a Tone Zone because the frequencies are more balanced. It may or may not work for you, just worth considering.

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