RG570 Pickup Upgrade
I have an RG570EX which I have replaced the next with a Jem555 neck (due to an accident happening and breaking the old stock neck! - don't leave your guitar lying around while drunk people are about!)
I have had it for over ten years now with the stock V7, V8 and S1 pickups and never been a fan of them. I have started in a new band and finally decided the pickups have to go as they aren't cutting it and just aren't right for the style of music.
I am not a shred metal guitarist (although I was once in my hay-day), I am mainly playing classic rock stuff (Hendrix, Blue Oyster, Van Halen, Bon Jovi etc.) so looking for some pickups with a bit more to them. I have a Les Paul as my second guitar which I have just had 490 and 498 pickups put in with switching for single coil (not got it back yet but can't wait!) so it doesn't need to be a huge sustain guitar (which I know the body won't achieve) just needs a less thin sound - oh and I do enjoy hitting pinch harmonics too on the bridge pickup!
So a couple of questions. I am looking at the following setup and would like to know opinions on it - will it work together and will there be a huge volume change between each pickup. Also I am looking at wiring it with two push/pull pots, one for a kill switch and one for running both neck and bridge together - if anyone has any other wiring suggestions please put them forward...all very new to me (I won't be wiring it myself either by the way) - I have read about parallel and series switching but am I right in thinking this will just give a volume boost in series?
So pickups I am looking at is as follows (all Dimarzio):
Neck - Gravity Storm
Middle - Tone Velvet
Bridge - The Breed
Thanks in advanced!
Just read this sticky so thought I'd best answer the questions!
1. What type of music do you like? Be specific about bands or particular guitarists. As above
2. What type of equipment are you going to be playing through? A 10 watt "Rouge" amplifier is never going to sound better, no matter what pickups you put in your guitar......sorry - Currently AVT150H and AVT 4x12 cab, blackstart HT-OD pedal and HT-dIST pedal, cry baby wah and ME-50 effects board
3. What are the specifics of your guitar? I find myself having to browse the web all the time to find out the specs of peoples guitars...
A. Is it a trem or hardtail? Trem
B. maple or rosewood board? Rosewood
C. how many frets? 24
D. what controls are on it? 1 No Volume, 1 No. Tone (to be changed both into push/pull pots) and 5way toggle
E. What type of wood is you body made from? Basswood
F. Are your pickups direct mounted, ring mounted or in a pickguard? hmmm not sure...not pickguard - I think direct?!
THESE THINGS DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!!!
Other important factors
1. Why are you changing your pickups? So many times I see people wanting to change their pickups because they think they HAVE to based on other peoples advice. What is it that YOU don't like about your current pups? What would you like to be different in a set of new ones? As above
2. Are you looking for any particular brand, and if so...Why? Do you have previous experience with that brand, or maybe a bad experience with another brand? Are you going on someone's advice or on your own research?? As above - no experiance, just looking around at reviews
3. Often times people think they need new pups because their guitar is making funny noises, or sounding weak....... sometimes there's nothing wrong with their pups. Sometimes it's other electrical problems like a loose jack, a dirty pot or switch, a loose or broken solder joint...... etc. If you DO have a problem like this.....DESCRIBE IT IN DETAIL. Guitar electronics are actually very easy to fix yourself. Had guitar re-wired and still felt it was weak sounding
Last edited by Chrissmout; 11-20-2013 at 08:33 AM.