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08-27-2002 03:47 AM
Jemdude I'm surprised that no-one suggested Duncan's Pearly Gates pickups in this application with Blue Velvet middle. Are Pearly's un-popular with you all? My 2 cents
08-19-2002 09:36 PM
IbanezJPM Hehe I like this combo, I'm usin EVO's bridge and neck in my RG550 with a blue velvet middle. In my RG450 i'm usin a Super Distortion bridge, Blue velvet middle and Humbucker from hell neck. Both variations sound great. BUT! The RG450 has that Paul Gilbert sound which is basically alot of different versatile sounds. Both RG's have maple necks/fretboards. The 550 has an Edge the 450 has a Lo-TRS II. So basically it's all in what you like and what you want to get out of your axe, pretty much Woodros. My RG550 is definitely the Vai sound though. It's pretty versatile but the 450 has more versatility i think.
08-06-2002 09:07 PM
reviving old posts....gotta love that!

in my rg550 i got a fred in the neck, the s1, and the evolution in the bridge. i'd say its pretty versatile, especially since i added a coil on the tone knob to cut both the neck and bridge pickups(this only works in positions 1 and 5) like my rt650. extremely versatile after that. the evo is a vai type tone, i'll agree to that, but is fairly agressive, the coil tap kills that harshness. and the fred is a hopped up paf pro. really good sounding with a good presence. the 2 and 4 positons are really tasty cleans, too.

another great combo(my fave) is the air norton and tone zone combo. i have that in the aforementioned rt650 and it is remarkable how versatile that guitar is, especially with the coil tap. it is well rounded. the AN is hotter and more ballsy than the fred and the TZ is a little more subdued than than the evo, but makes up with tons more tone and well rounded bottom end. where the evo is hot and agressive, the TZ is more of a growler. like the difference betwen an eye jab(evo) to a right hook(tone zone) both hurt like a mofo, but the right hook covers a little more ground.

07-03-2002 10:06 AM
jono LOL - don't worry too much about your spelling, you should be able to use the edit function to correct your mistakes

And in truth, I think your dealer will brobably only stock the black ones, but will be able to order the coloured ones from the USA, they might even have some in stock at the UK distributer's place.
07-03-2002 09:59 AM
woodros god my spelling is atrocious im at college at the moment just arsing around so excuse my spelling
07-03-2002 09:58 AM
woodros will my delaer have differnet coloured pu's or just black ones i would love to get some different colours
07-03-2002 09:55 AM
woodros thanks for all your advice me being a new member, i think ill go with a breed bridge because i do like a vai tone blue velvet in the middle and a paf pro in the neck
06-30-2002 10:32 PM
Vai God Well, for a really good soloing pickup and such, why don't you try a FRED in the bridge? Satch uses one in his basswood JS. I'd most likely put in a Breed bridge,Breed neck,and a Blue Velvet or something-most people rave about how good the BREEDS sound in the JEM7DBK(also a basswood guitar,mind you). Hope this helps
06-29-2002 11:55 AM
smorg007 Right, the megaswitch was an aftermarket piece I believe its the "E" model. you can find them on stewmac. I dont know if you can wire the standard ibanez 5-way to get that combo (the 2 outer coils in center position) I much prefer it to the original switch. It has a better feel to it.
06-29-2002 09:19 AM
LaXu Actually, the middle position is normally just the middle pickup on the RG550. I never use it by itself tho, so I might as well wire it like the middle position on a JPM (single coils of both humbuckers in parallel).
06-28-2002 06:26 PM
smorg007 Ill add one more fo the Seymour Duncan vote here,
I also have an RG550 ( '88 )
Its got a duncan Distortion in the bridge, Jazz in the neck, and the stock single in the middle. As far as the duncans are concerned, the distortion is nice and ballsy, but not overwhelming. Good definition. sounds great when split, too. the jazz is awesome for me in the neck, as it has a nice smooth tone. not the "muddy" jazz tone, as the "jazz" would imply, but real nice clarity when clean, and nice smooth, almost les paul-y type of sound with some distortion.
I dont worry about the middle pickup, because its only used with coils from the humbuckers. I have a 5 way megaswitch, which works like the 5 way on the higher-end RGs and S's where there is coil cutting in the 2 and 4 position. the middle position, however, is the outside coils of the humbuckers in parallel (I think). so all positions are humbucking. and who uses the middle by itself anyway? yech!
thats my $.02
06-28-2002 02:24 PM
LaXu I'll share my experience with my RG550 (basswood body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard, pickguard, Edge bridge):

I put Seymour Duncan pickups on mine and the difference was huge compared to the stock pickups, imo. I put a Seymour Duncan '59 model (SH-1) in the neck and an Original Parallel Axis Trembucker (PATB-1) in the bridge, while keeping the Ibanez S1 in the middle position. The guitar sounds great! Works for pretty much any style, since both pickups are medium output. With the in-between positions (4 and 2 or whatever you want to call them) on the pickup selector switch I can get nice blues tones that work nicely with clean sounds as well. Both pickups have excellent clarity and you can hear individual notes even with heavy distortion. The bridge sounds pretty balanced to me, no piercing highs, nasal mids or sloppy lows. The neck pickup on the otherhand sounds smooth and bell-like.

Just thought I'd share this, although the DiMarzios mentioned are propably fine pickups too.
06-28-2002 10:01 AM
jono Sorry man, wasn't meaning to get on your case. I was just saying that I'd guess about 90% of us here stick DiMarzio's in our RGs, and have years of experience doing so and in truth it really would be hard to find a single other source that has as much experience doing it as we have. Plus we have no bias to try and sell you anything, no overstocks no brand new releases and nothing on the shelves we've been trying to shift for ages.

In truth a lot (not all) UK stores will just tell you that the best things are what they have in stock without hardly listening to what you're after in erms of tone

In truth in your shoes I personally would go for the Tone Zone (DiMarzio's biggest selling pickup) in the bridge, the PAF Pro in the neck and the Blue Velvet in the middle. Putting a Breed Bridge in the bridge slot would be another great move.

Try it and see. I doubt you'll be disappointed
06-28-2002 09:42 AM
Vaibanez DiMarzio's return policy is worries there.

All of the suggestions made here a great.

Common suggetion is for the Blue Velvet in the middle. I would strongly agree on that one.

My suggestions for the other 2 are numbered by my preference:

1. PafPRO
2. Air Norton
3. Breed

1. Tone Zone (I would stop here, but you need choices )
2. PafPRO
3. Breed

Don't take your stock pickups for granted, though. Ibanez's "V" series are respectable pickups and very versitle.

However....Tone Zone's RULE!!!!!!!!
06-27-2002 08:26 AM
woodros thanks very much, no need to grill me i just want whats best. i live in the uk so im not sure whether i could send the pu's back
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