I'm normally not a super social person, but I've lurked the "other site" and MG since some point in 2006. Ish. That's a very precisely imprecise estimation.
I can't begin to explain how much useful information I've soaked up during the years I've done so. So I won't. I will, however, post a few things that are entirely unrelated.
I think the only two things anyone may remember from my bouts of social posting at ss were...one of the RG7321 refinish picstories and something about a Dean Vendetta 7. Which was (in retrospect) a fairly underwhelming guitar.
So I'd like to change that and lurk less/participate more.
In order to steer this rambling wall-o-text back to the topic I had initially intended to focus on, runonsentenceswut. I'm a bit verbose and rambly when I haven't had my liquor.
I've noticed there isn't a terribly large amount of information regarding the Alumitones, and some is even conflicting. I ordered a 3.5 Deathbar to test out in my LTD EC407 (which I will likely do a NGD about soon).
My initial impression was that the pickup itself seems...fragile.
Has anyone with personal experience installing/touching/caressing one felt the same? Secondly, as I had expected would happen with this guitar, the pickup is only jusssst high enough with the foam from the former EMGs and the provided screws almost maxed out. Not really a huge problem overall I suppose.
I've only had the pickup in the guitar for the weekend, so I've only had the opportunity to play through the Vox AD50VT I keep in my apartment.
I only got this to stick in the bridge, so in the event I didn't like it, I'd only have one useless lump of metal vs two.
(it's not really substantial enough to injure someone if I threw it, and I can't imagine it would be very good on a sandwich)
I've got it at a hair under 3mm away from the strings.
It's quite bassy, but not in a woofy, unpleasant kind of way. Highs aren't offensive or harsh.
I was really hoping it would be a fairly middle of the road, straightforward pickup without noticible EQ quirks.
So far, I'm quite pleased with it. It seems to be just that. A good place to start tone shaping without adding or taking too much away from the start. Or something. Fuck it. It didn't disappoint and I don't regret pulling the EMGs from the guitar. If I get the opportunity today, I'll attempt to get some clips up.
All in all, it seems like the Deathbar is going to stay in the guitar. I just put in an order for the X-Bar to stick in the neck, and I'll likely have something to say about it when it arrives. Honestly, I think they'd sell more of these if they had a more...erm...conventional and informative section of their site about them.
Tits and beer.