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    Agreed. Unless the pickups are very, very different from one another, the difference is very small. I recently tracked an EP and did a shootout between a Duncan Distortion and EMG 81. Surprisingly small difference and again, was more in feel than tone. The Distortion felt more aggressive, while the 81 was more rounded off. Thought the Distortion sounded better in isolation but the 81 sounded better in the mix. It's still worth it to shootout pickups prior to tracking because that 5% is enough to pay attention to, but it isn't going to be a massive difference in the high-gain realm.
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  3. #18


    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    The only pickups I used that flat out didn't work for high gain recorded were the Wolfetone Dr Vintage. They're A2 magnets and around 7.5-8.0K, so they absolutely would not compress at all. They just didn't work for metal, even though they sound fantastic for clean and crunchy tones.
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  4. #19


    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron1 View Post
    I've usually ended up with the mic (a 57, always, in my limited experience) sitting roughly where the cone and cap meet, so maybe 1-2" off center.
    Co-signed. The best recorded guitar sound I've had was an SM57 and Royer 121 right next to each other, with the SM57 on the right side of the cone edge, and the 121 just to the left of it, closer to the center.

    Having said that, man I'm getting older now and with a family comes certain sacrifices, so finding IRs that sound the closest to the live speaker cab have become much more a priority for sure.

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    Join Date: Oct 2016
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    Quote Originally Posted by thrashinbatman View Post
    Agreed. Unless the pickups are very, very different from one another, the difference is very small. I recently tracked an EP and did a shootout between a Duncan Distortion and EMG 81. Surprisingly small difference and again, was more in feel than tone. The Distortion felt more aggressive, while the 81 was more rounded off. Thought the Distortion sounded better in isolation but the 81 sounded better in the mix. It's still worth it to shootout pickups prior to tracking because that 5% is enough to pay attention to, but it isn't going to be a massive difference in the high-gain realm.
    Dig that comparison. The last time I played EMGs I absolutely could not get a tone that inspired me, but I didn't try recording with them. Did a song with the Jackson SL2 I had earlier this year that was loaded with Distortions and really dug it. But, more and more I've gone for what sounds better in the mix than in isolation. Not really sure I still love the Imperiums I have in my Franken-7, but they mix really well with the Custom I have in the H7...
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