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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-02-2013, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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Smoother, high-output replacement for Crunch Lab?

I recently picked up a gorgeous S540 with some interesting aftermarket pickups in it.

Neck: GFS Crunchy Rails
Middle: GFS Lil Killer
Bridge: DiMarzio Crunch Lab

The neck pickup is surprisingly not bad, though a bit muddy.

I've never been a Petrucci fan and the Crunch Lab reminded me of some of the reasons why. Despite being spec'ed as a high output model, the Crunch Lab is grainy and dies easily during tapping and legato runs up the neck.

I've been a longtime user of Evolutions in my Ibanez guitars, but I'm not sure how they'll do with the mahogany in this guitar. Any other suggestions for a high output bridge pickup for smooth legato and tapping?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-02-2013, 01:54 PM
 
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Re: Smoother, high-output replacement for Crunch Lab?

the breed, tone zone or dominion ?


they are smooth but fatter, if you dig the evos you may find that those have too much bass.

the steve's special is great too if you want a little brighter but no much in you face crunch.
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Re: Smoother, high-output replacement for Crunch Lab?

Seems basically you want higher resistance and j.arledge summed-up the dimarzio options well.

Ron Thal to me is amazing at tapping and he uses a tonezone. I use the tonezone on an 3120 (mahogany body), its full sounding and has its own (wahwah like) vibe to it and changes character dramatically to height adjustments. You'll probably like it almost as high as possible.
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Re: Smoother, high-output replacement for Crunch Lab?

http://www.jemsite.com/forums/f35/be...ps-109555.html

Look at this thread then come back into this one and post the needed info. It will help us help you
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Re: Smoother, high-output replacement for Crunch Lab?

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Any other suggestions for a high output bridge pickup for smooth legato and tapping?
DiMarzio Super 3 in case you'd like to keep the same output as the Crunch Lab.
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Re: Smoother, high-output replacement for Crunch Lab?

I have an evolution in the bridge position of my S470, sounds pretty killer. So i don't think evo's are out of the question here.
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Re: Smoother, high-output replacement for Crunch Lab?

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I have an evolution in the bridge position of my S470, sounds pretty killer. So i don't think evo's are out of the question here.
in my experience the evos are anything but smooth. They always sounded way too harsh in the mid-highs and highs. a terrible pickup if you are looking for smoother tone IMO
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-13-2013, 07:07 PM
 
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Re: Smoother, high-output replacement for Crunch Lab?

Not really high output, its on the upper end of their medium output section but try the DiMarzio Norton.

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