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03-28-2006 02:42 PM
Re: Pickups for an Rgt?

emgs have their place. clean and clear but i think you loose the character of the instrument. if you want to hear just the amp and FX - it's a good thing. if you want to use the tone of the guitar then i wouldn't use EMGs. but that is just me.
for mahogany, i would probably use a Tone Zone, PAF or maybe even a Fred. try the TZ first - very rich sound in mahogany that's a good, dark, metal tone.
03-28-2006 11:24 AM
Re: Pickups for an Rgt?

not an emg fan, i have owned 3 guitar with them. i can't integrate them in my rig for one...the difference in output is too great. i use duncans, dimarzios, fender, and rio grande pickups. i like the organic overtones from the passives. emgs just sound too sterile, not enough articulation and dynamics for me. the nuances of passives is what i work. now for bass, i love emgs. the poppy, sterile tone is great for bass. the way the mids are also a bonus. just the each their own.

03-27-2006 07:31 PM
Re: Pickups for an Rgt?

I personally love EMGs if for nothing else than their simplicity. I'm not referring to the install, of course; that is actually quite involved. But you get a hot clear signal from EMGs that you just can't get from passive pickups and they're actually quite versatile once you see past the EMG 81/85 combo.

Of course, if it's not EMGs then it's Dimarzios that I use. I'm still trying to figure out what pickups to put in my mahogany RG321MH. I definitely want an Air Norton for the neck but the bridge pickup eludes me. I hear that the Tone Zone can be muddy in mahogany and the EVO 2 is good for leads but not so much for rhythm. I just want an articulate pickup with a fairly high output, good harmonics, and a great rhythm and lead tone.
03-27-2006 05:19 PM
Re: Pickups for an Rgt?

I really dislike EMGs. That said Duncans might be the way to go. Many of them tend to be very muddy on mahogany though but if you do the squealing pinch harmonig metal thing get Duncan Distortions for sure!
03-27-2006 02:01 PM
Re: Pickups for an Rgt?

thats intreresting, but nah i love the deep tone n wanna keep it. mabi in the future ill get sum duncans are ht easy to install like mabi $80 or sumfin? coz i heard emgs have to re wire everything n install a battery n stuff. cool
03-27-2006 01:01 PM
Re: Pickups for an Rgt?

i'm thinking about going in another direction with my rgt42fm.

being a mostly mahogany guitar, i think i might try to brighten it up a bit by installing 2 x humbuckers from hell out of my j-custom (which has an ash body and hence is already very bright).
03-27-2006 12:58 PM
Re: Pickups for an Rgt?

new pickups are always a good idea. its actually one of the first things i do to any new guitar i get. stock pickups generally are weaker, or less articulate than aftermarkets. for me, i tend to scope out what i want to put in a guitar even before it hits the door at my house. for metal/rock duncans...for the neck: alnico 2 pro, 59, jazz. bridge: jb, custom or distortion.

03-27-2006 12:26 PM
Pickups for an Rgt?

i got an rgt42 n the infinitys r really good pickups for metal and some heavy rock.... i think they supply me enough for my needs. say if i put duncans in it will it make THAT much difference if i wanna play metal/heavy rock?

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