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    Opinions on the SD Livewire Metal?

    I installed one in the Bridge of my bolt 100 (Maple body, Maple neck, ebony board), and running it through my 5150 in standard tuning just has an overabundance of gain with the amp's pre-gain past 5 or so, but with the pre-gain at about 4 it's a really sweet 80's metal tone.


    Anyone else here ever used one? I'd like to know if there are any tips or nuances to this pickup that would make it sound it a lot better.
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    I've got it in 2 of my axes, with the exception of turn your gain down to about half what it was before not much to say

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    I'm not big on active guitar pickups in general, so I may be a bit biased here, but I hated the Livewires almost as much as I hated EMGs.

    Too gainy, too sterile. Also having so much maple in a guitar is going to make it bright as hell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ambrosius View Post
    I'm not big on active guitar pickups in general, so I may be a bit biased here, but I hated the Livewires almost as much as I hated EMGs.

    Too gainy, too sterile. Also having so much maple in a guitar is going to make it bright as hell.
    not necessarily, my Maverick (alder/maple) is the thickest sounding guitar i have with the livewire metal

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    Yes, but you have alder in the mix in that scenario.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ambrosius View Post
    Yes, but you have alder in the mix in that scenario.
    yeah but from my experience with all maple axes they really just have more mids than alder ones

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    Eh? My ears say the opposite.

    Like I said though, I'm not big on active, so take me with a grain of salt in this discussion. Give me a JBTB/Jazz for an alder guitar or a set of Blazes for a basswood any day.

    Now that I noticed I hadn't answered the original question, I'll say that a 5150 is gainy as hell to begin with and any active is going to push the preamp more than a passive will.

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    I quite like them. I'm a fan of active pickups in general though. Not sure if I consider them better than EMGs or Blackouts though they are pretty good.

    Check out this vid of them being played clean
    [VIDEO]http://hk.youtube.com/watch?v=oAyAVF_qq90]YouTube - Clean Guitar Improvisation[/VIDEO]

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