My RG7620 must have superior tones to Quigs's JP7, because the CL/LF 7 pickups really aren't bad at all in my guitar. They're quite soft in the top end, but that doesn't affect the clarity. I can see why the djent crowd loves 'em.
The only problem is they're too close to the strings, even with no foam. The ceramic Liquifire neck is making wolfy tones with artificial harmonics.
Still, the Crunch Lab is miles better than the Evo7 I used to have, and while compressed to hell compared to the Cold Sweat set, I prefer the bark that these exhibit. And the Liquifire is smooooooooth and kind of Stratty.
Plus this thing needed some TLC and an overall refresh.
La da daa...
Hum da bum...
Project parts organizer.
Soop's Firestudio looks on at how comfy the RG7620 is.
And what's this? A toan massage? Aw, now he's pissed!
Appropriate shitty-toned tunes. I feel like MDV is watching me.
Ye olde wiring.
Ye new pickups. Custom Crunch Lab 7 and LiquiFire 7 in cream/black zebra with nickel polepieces/blade.
p.s. Balls ARE best. I love Banjomikez.
Proper soldering station, finally.
Great tool to have when dealing with small hardware.
Little screw get stuck?
Fuck it, you got it like a bauss.
I get classy ambiance with my pickup changes.
Don't have a solder sucker? Try some copper wick.
Just burn the crappy olde solder into the wick. I removed all of the old solder from all connections.
New 0.022uF orange drop caps, 500k CTS Alpha pot (one push/pull, one standard) and switch tips. Which don't fit. Anyone got a spare Ibanez switch tip?
Cameron shows me how to do it on the left, while John shows me how to do it on the right.
The Final Product.
Better shot, with the tone knob attached.
The wiring is now more complicated, but cleaner. Made a few amateur mistakes, like overstripping ends and cutting my pickup leads too short so I had to make a bunch of extensions.
All in all, a very successful project, took about 4-5 hours of work and documentation here, and I finally have a nice tight barky low end on this thing with a great clear solo tone.
The split-middle position is activated by pulling the tone knob, and makes a phenomenal clean tone.
I do sense that these will soon wind up in Quigs's old ash-bodied Schecter C7, because the extra sustain and brightness of that guitar should really make the pickups shine, and the cream will go perfectly with the cream binding on that guitar. So hopefully this has an Aftermath in it sooner than later...
Thanks for reading.
Glad you like 'em bro.