So, the pickup merry-go-round in my Charvel clearly isn't over. I've settled on the bridge pickup at least (Aldrich). I'm absolutely in love with that again, maybe moreso than the first time I tried it!
But the neck pickup...
I've had a Duncan Hot Rails in there for a while but it's a bit bland. It's just.... hot. And raily. No but seriously it's just all hot with no character really. It pretty much just sounds like a full blown humbucker. But not a particularly amazing one.
So, the neck pickup I had in here the last time I had the Aldrich was a Dimarzio Chopper. So I just grabbed another one to put in as I remember really liking that combo.
Well, I don't. I don't know if I just didn't try this combo through a proper rig or whatever, but man, the chopper is waaay too bassy.
I get that it's ostensibly a bridge pickup, but even Dimarzios website says it's a good neck pickup with a hot humbucker on the bridge. But the low end leaps out way too strongly when you switch pickups, it just sounds odd, especially with gain. The top end bite of it is great though, and has way more character and tone than the Hot Rails.
(Also, before anybody suggests it, Yes, I've played with pickup height)
In fact after some cursory reading I'm getting the feeling that Dimarzio rails are all together better at retaining a single coil quality, which I really dig. I don't generally like warm/round neck pickup tones.
Does anybody have any experience with any others in the Dimarzio line, when used in the neck position with a hot humbucker in the bridge?
Not amazingly fussed about power differentials. Unless it's the other way round like the chopper (I.e. the neck out-powers the bridge)
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