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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-20-2013, 07:00 AM Thread Starter
 
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V1/V2 pups

I've seen all over this site, and on ebay or yahoo japan Auctions people selling the V1/V2 pups separately from their old RGs and what not. I have never actually gotten to play a guitar with these pups in them so I wanted to ask: Why do people like these pups so much?

I know they were in the old RGs in the age when everything on Ibbys were good but I as I have not actually heard these pups I dont understand why they are so popular, could someone please explain the reasons why the V1/V2s are so sought after? Thanks.
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They're not particularly sought after, at least not here in the UK. I presume that the reason there're so many for sale is that so many of them got swapped out for 'brand name' pickups.

They're for sale because eBay gives the seller a market to do so and the DiMarzios that now reside in the old RGs are generally regarded as sounding 'better'...
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Re: V1/V2 pups

I always swap them out as soon as possible when I buy a new Ibanez. I don't personally care for them plus I just have to change and tweak things to my liking. I pretty much stick with the CrunchLab7/Liquifire7 set or D-Activator 7 set on all my guitars.

I think the "V" pups are decent for factory pickups, just not to my liking. I think they're fine for a beginner or someone who isn't super anal about the pickup portion of their signal chain. My first-ever "real" guitar, back in 1989, was an RG550 with the stock V pups. I played them for YEARS before finally swapping just the bridge with a DiMarzio FRED. The V served me just fine for many, many years... until I became the sound snob that I am today.
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They're not particularly sought after, at least not here in the UK. I presume that the reason there're so many for sale is that so many of them got swapped out for 'brand name' pickups.

They're for sale because eBay gives the seller a market to do so and the DiMarzios that now reside in the old RGs are generally regarded as sounding 'better'...
Ah, well I figured part of that played a factor but it people always seem to compare the V1/2s to the V7/8s and always say "why cant they go back to V1/V2?" Maybe it's just the stuff I read but I was wondering why that seemed to always be the case. Thanks.
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I always swap them out as soon as possible when I buy a new Ibanez. I don't personally care for them plus I just have to change and tweak things to my liking. I pretty much stick with the CrunchLab7/Liquifire7 set or D-Activator 7 set on all my guitars.

I think the "V" pups are decent for factory pickups, just not to my liking. I think they're fine for a beginner or someone who isn't super anal about the pickup portion of their signal chain. My first-ever "real" guitar, back in 1989, was an RG550 with the stock V pups. I played them for YEARS before finally swapping just the bridge with a DiMarzio FRED. The V served me just fine for many, many years... until I became the sound snob that I am today.
I managed to become a sound snob in the past year (I'm still a n00b to guitar, bought my gio ibanez around a year and a half ago, started taking lessons about 3 months after that). I started to hate the V7/8s so I'm waiting on my blue Gravity storms to come in, then I might go for AN/TZ/TV set for my Galaxy white RG2550Z (I kinda like the IBZs tho so I dont know yet).
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I can't stand the V1 or V2.
I always dump DiMarzios in all of my guitars.
But, I'd take the V7 and V8 over the V1 and V2 anyday...especially with LP's mod.
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I can't stand the V1 or V2.
I always dump DiMarzios in all of my guitars.
But, I'd take the V7 and V8 over the V1 and V2 anyday...especially with LP's mod.
What about the V1/V2s dont you like? Are they stupid muddy like the 7/8s?
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Actually, they sound too thin to me.
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They are kind of PAF Pro like. Moderate output, but not quite as articulate. The aren't bad at all really for stock pickups.
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Hey,

I had a couple of guitars with the V's and they're pretty versatile.

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They are kind of PAF Pro like. Moderate output, but not quite as articulate. The aren't bad at all really for stock pickups.
Perfect comparison!
They are okay...if you EQ your rig to enhance bottom end.
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I just put the stock V1-S-V2 combo back in the 20th Ann RG 550,ready to put up for sale. Man they do sound good for stock pickups. Just a little less output than I typically like. The EQ range is great though.
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I just put the stock V1-S-V2 combo back in the 20th Ann RG 550,ready to put up for sale. Man they do sound good for stock pickups. Just a little less output than I typically like. The EQ range is great though.
What color is your 20th?
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Road Flare Red, is there any other colour?

There's pictures here:
http://www.jemsite.com/forums/showpo...97&postcount=9
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Road Flare Red, is there any other colour?

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Ah that thing is gorgeous. How much you planning on selling it for? The condition is amazing so I'd guess around 700 or so.
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