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So im looking into some new pups for my S470DXQM, i really dont know the faintest about them. A local music shop is selling dizmarzios and if you buy 3 pickups, you get 20% off the total price, so i thought it might be a good time to look into them. I want a nice, high output bridge humbucker that will give a good, distorted sound(pretty much all i use it for). The neck humbucker needs to be nice and smooth, i like to do some soloing on it because it gives it that john pertrussi sound that i like. It will need to sit well with the bridge pup though. and i want to be able to do a fair amount of rythm work on it too. The single coil is pretty straight forward, a good clean sound is all im after, as i havent found the need to use the single coil with distortion, a nice warm tone would be good. Keep in mind that they would all have to be dizmarzios for me to get that nice big discount.

Here is the link.
http://www.merrylandsmusic.com.au/MerrylandsMusic/Pickups/dimarzio_pickups.htm
 

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Well, you sound like you want a metal type sound, so I'd say go for the EMG-81 in the bridge, EMG-60 in the neck, and the EMG-SA for the single. That's just my opinion though.

*EDIT* Whoops, I didn't see the DiMarzio part. lol Ignore what I just said. ;p
 

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I haven't tried them, but many people here rave about the Tone Zone/ Air Norton in mahogany. It sounds like what you may be looking for. For singles, many people here like the Blue Velvet too (haven't tried them either though)

I think I'd try to stay away from middy bridge pups. I have an S270 and it's very mid-rich and all the mid-heavy pups I've tried (i.e., IBZ/USA F2, Fred) sounded way too thin (to my ears anyway). Maybe something darker like a TZ, Super Distorsion, Super 3???
 

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The Tone Zone is an excellent bridge pickup, but I'm not a big fan of the Air Norton. You can't go wrong with a PAF Pro in the neck. And for the single coil, a blue velvet would be a good choice or if you want something a bit warmer than a standard single coil then maybe check out a Chopper.
 

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Thanks for your help guys but make sure the ones you are mentionaing are available on the website, (the above link) There is air zone, but not air norton.
Well, keep posting guys!
 

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i was looking at those prices and they seem high as hell to me. If i get this right they list the normal list price and then if you buy the three pickups you get 20% of the price that they are listing right? Well if you look about anywhere else you can get each pickup for half or less then half of the prices that place has. In fact you can get at least two, maybe three for the price of one of theirs.
 

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Thats because its in australian prices! our prices are double yours except our money is worth half so it all works out, Just imagine they are halved. And because its using bigger numbers, when 20% is taken off, more money is reduced i think, maybe. i dunno.
 

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Thats because its in australian prices! our prices are double yours except our money is worth half so it all works out, Just imagine they are halved. And because its using bigger numbers, when 20% is taken off, more money is reduced i think, maybe. i dunno.
still, i wonder if you might do better ordering online from one of the big american chains, whose names we dare not mention. i know that some of them ship internationally.
 

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i found a site and did some currency conversion, for 3 dimarzio pups (HSH) it will cos 223 american dollars includin shipping which changes to 290 austalian, more than a hundred dollars cheaper than here in australia. so maybe it would be better to buy from america. Also what other chains are there?
 

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EMGs cost even more than Dimarzios and you may need some routing to install them (but I'm not entirely sure about that). EMG's have a great sound for metal and hard rock but a lot of people think that they aren't very versatile. I personally think that EMGs are as versatile as any other pickup, but you have to try a different variety than just the 81/85 combo (the 89 is a really good and versatile pickup).
 

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Hey superhairycamel...
I've got an X2N and I did a recording with it. Its super hi gain and it really brings out the characteristics of the guitar.. I'm using an S520EX and its mahogany (like yours)... its overall tone is kind of darkish, moderately fat and quite warm. The X2N in it is pretty crushing! I ran, guitar to TS9DX to Boss SD-2 to Roland Microcube (JC Clean channel) to notebook via line in.

Take a listen and judge for yourself. :)

X2N Review

EDIT: Oh ya, all rhythm and leads are X2N only.
 

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I've got an S470 with Air Norton in the neck and Steve's Special in the bridge, I think it sounds fantastic. The guitar is quite mid-heavy already, and when I tried a Tone Zone it was just too much, for me anyway.
 

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Thanks shred cows but i cant listen to it as my sound driver is f'd in the a, Thanks for going to all that trouble though, ill download it when my comp is fixed. what is the sd2 anywho?
To answer Lyconxero ive done alot of research and the emgs seem to be better suited to me because i allways ask my amp for more gain that it cant give. I Know that routing would have to be done because i took the plates off the back and there is no room for a battery anywhere, Is it still possible? I need to find a local shop that has a guitar with them before i make any decisions on it, But could the neck pickup lets say we are using an 85, still sound like the tone know has been rolled back fo rhtose john petrucci moments? Thanks to everyone for you help on this.
 

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Shred cows, I just downloaded your song and burnt it on a cd to play on my stereo so i could hear it. It was good, it was in the bridge right? it sounded a bit synthetic to me. The lead sounded great! but i was unimpressed by the rythm sounds. I want more gain and more of a chug chug style sound. Maybe it will sound how i want it on my rig Saber---ts9---laney tf300. thanks for that.
 

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Hmmm... camel, the Boss SD-2 is a discontinued boss pedal.. its actually a Turbo Overdrive 2 i think... had very powerful overdrive tones and it packed a mean punch!

Well, all the rhythms and lead were done by the X2N in my S520's bridge. I opted for a more natural sound, less of a say, Metallica Black Album chug, which I felt sounded synthetic.

By the way, do note I was runing line out from that tiny Roland Microcube amp into my Notebook... I'm sure the X2N will be crushing on your Laney... Boosted by a TS9!

In anycase, if you are really keen on putting in EMGs, you can make a battery compartment without routing by adjusting the springs positions in the trem cavity. Like 2 springs up the bass side... and 1 spring at the opposite end. That should give you 2 springs worth of space to fit in a battery compartment.

This works for Edge/lo Pro Edge systems... for the ZR trem, you gotta take out the Tremsetter i believe.

Have fun!

Cheerio!
Daniel
 
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