New pickup suggestion (DiMarzio content)

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Thread: New pickup suggestion (DiMarzio content)

  1. #1

    Join Date: May 2010
    Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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    New pickup suggestion (DiMarzio content)

    I'm really getting frustrated with my Ibanez RG7620 and don't want to get rid of it - I do dig the solo voice of the basswood. I just can't get a rhythm sound out of the bridge pickup that I'm happy with. I'm doing hard rock/metal right now, so I need a little more versatility.

    Started with the stock New7 - sent it off to Wolfetone for a rewind (we'll see if that materializes).

    Installed an Evo7. Sounds alright for high-gain soloing, but doesn't clean up for shit and has a really thick sound to it - maybe it's a lot of low-mids?

    Regardless, I just feel like the bottom end is very strong but in a wooly rounded-off kind of way, and it would be nice to have something that's a little more punchy and articulate. Nothing makes me happier than a JB in a Les Paul.

    I believe I'm trading a JB for someone's Duncan Custom 7, which a couple of guys told me might fit the bill.

    I was also going to buy a Blaze to give it a whirl, but then I wondered about the CrunchLab or D-Sonic.

    Any advice? Help me love my Ibanez so I can just be happy with it, since I really enjoy the trem quality and the ergonomics.
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    Join Date: Oct 2008
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    Air Norton 7 in the bridge? PAF 7 in the bridge?

    The D-Sonic is very "cold" and doesn't really suit mid-gain stuff very well in my opinion.
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  3. #3

    Join Date: Oct 2008
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    I like my Crunchlab, but it's in a mahogany neckthrough. Typically I like warm, middy, and slightly dark pickups in basswood(Breed/Super3).

    I think the ideal pickup for a basswood 7 would be a medium output alnico V pickup with lots of mids, a fair amount of chunky low end, and just enough high end to not be muddy.

    Since Dimarzio doesn't make any alnico V 7-string pickups, I don't seem to be much help.

  4. #4

    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soopahmahn View Post
    Nothing makes me happier than a JB in a Les Paul.
    Maybe what you need is a mahogany RG7 and a Wolfe rewound JB7?

  5. #5

    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Sadly, you are having the same complaint as many who have used basswood before you. I've never been able to get that tight crunch (that's alder) or low-mid girth (that's mahogany) out of a basswood guitar. I can also tell you that Duncan is going to do you know good, since both the JB and Custom sound like complete ass in basswood.

    If you like the sound of a JB in a Les Paul, then basswood is DEFINITELY not the tonewood for you. I've got a Wolfe rewound JB7 in several of my guitars (neckthru maple, mahogany wings), and it just crushes.
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    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Shit makes me miss my Dean Evo 7 (mahogany LP7) with Wolfe rewound JB7/59-7. Rob's 27" LP7 comes ridiculously close, but man, there was something there...

  7. #7

    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Quote Originally Posted by noodles View Post
    Sadly, you are having the same complaint as many who have used basswood before you.
    I went through the same thing, too. Just wish it hadn't taken me so many years and several ibanez universes to find out.
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    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Yep... after the initial honeymoon with my EBMM JP7, i just found it to be "lacking", and i'm pretty sure it's because of the basswood. I couldn't exactly put my finger on it, but it just had a certain "spongy" quality in the rhythm department that blunted any punch it might have had. My Dean EVO 7 kicked its ass.

    Leon: I think it might be the 27" scale that is changing the tonal response. I love how the neck pickup sounds in Proto1, but the bridge doesn't seem to have the same harmonic richness that you get at 25.5" scale.

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