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Hi there, I'm thinking of changing the bridge pickup on my RG8670 J-custom. It originally has a Tone Zone in it but I want to put a steve's special in it instead. I was wondering has anyone changed pickups in their J-customs/USA Customs etc? Does this actually affect it's resale value? I Don't intend on selling it for a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time but my dad keeps on asking me will it, and it's bugging me!!

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i don't think that it will make much of a difference..actually ur guitar will sound even better....if u sell it off then u can add original pickup in the deal.
one advice: I think RG8670 is mahogany. if so then do consider an EVO.
 

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Agreed, Evo's own in mahogany.

the 8670 isn't that rare, for a J-Custom, and anyway, you bought it to play, not as an investment, right? I don't see the price depreciating if you did a pickup swap, but if it did it'd be offset byhaving a guitar that sounded that much better, during the time you owned it.

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what would you guys suggest for a 8527? I like the sound.. but the pickups are a little too hot for my taste. It comes with the Dimarzio New 7s. I want something a little clearer.. I've been loooking to rewire for a while.. just never gotten the chance.
 

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Can you back them off a bit? I imagine they're direct mount, so maybe a light neck shim coupled with raising the bridge a touch (and probably shimming up the bridge pickup a little bit, too - firm-ish foam works well, but if you want hard contact between the pickup and the body, picks work quite well... ;)

As for pickups... I'm guessing it's not the output but rather the bass in the New 7's that's bugging you, as they have a LOT of low end and tended to sound muddy IMO, at least in basswood. In mahogany, something with a slight scoop is your best bet - in the bridge, how about a Blaze bridge or a Duncan JB? The neck, try an Air Norton or a Duncan Jazz, perhaps...

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:D I totally forgot about this thread! Before even posting this thread I had a feeling to do it, just wanted to be sure first.

But I've done it now - I installed the Steve's Special into my Ibanez JCRG8670. The pickups are now: Air Norton/Blue Velvet/Steve's Special. I'm a happy guy and the JCRG sounds great! I took the Tone Zone out and placed it on another guitar and now that sounds good too. What I love about the Steve's Special are it's treble frequencies ~ how it makes such a great lead pickup whilst sustaining the rhythm tones that I require, where as I found my Tone Zone versatile, but it had too much mids for soloing but it made a great rhythm pickup.

I considered the Evo in there as I've heard great stuff with it in mahogony but I was pretty sure on the Steve's special, Plus I had already bought it and had it on my desk for a week ready to be installed in a guitar. The process was pretty simple too. But I'm glad, I'll try and post clips up when I sort of my PODXT Pro, and maybe I'll upload a few photos too. :)

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Here's two images, and i'll get clips asap. Need to get some sort of drumming program:

www.artificial-infection.co.uk/Ibanez/DSC02084.JPG

www.artificial-infection.co.uk/Ibanez/DSC02083.JPG
 
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