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It all started out so easy. Something other than boring old black.

Little did I know...

that there might just be no turning back from this ledge.

I've done it. I've fr00ted.

I'm scared. Hold me.

Help me out guys, I am afraid I'll be trading all of my black guitars (3/3) for swirls and bengal stripes if I let this disease catch hold of me. I just think this pickup looks damn cool. Swapped out the New7 bridge pickup in my RG7620 for an Evolution 7 (thanks for all the advice, guys). I sound tested it and damn, this guitar is awake. Lots of midrange crunch and snap, and the middle series position has a bit of quacky character now.

I tried to clean up the control cavity wiring a little bit while soldering everything - Ibanez did an even worse job than Gibson laying wires in. The two sets of wires grounded to the pot were all twisted together and soldered in one big nasty jumble, so I separated them and tacked them down in pairs, which will make pickup changes easier if I decide to do the neck or swap the bridge again. Showed a few pictures of my process, as much as I could take pictures while soldering :lol:

Banjomikez even sent me stickers of two of my favorite gearmancers and a fr00t string winder. How did he know?

My Jewish friends always get scared when I circumscribe a wire like this. What gives?

Not the best job with this red wire, but it'll do, pig.

Done! Thanks for reading! :metal:
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I think the yellow on black looks AWESOME.

I've tried the Evo7 and I was beyond disappointed. I loaded it in the bridge position of an Ibanez RG7620 and talk about Stratty... The cleans were stellar, however it didnt take well to the gain channel. It was very unclear, weak and muddy. It didn't last 2 days in my guitar LOL Being that it's Vai's signature pickup, I can understand how the Evo's work with his tone... I mean his Jem is pretty much a glorified Strat if you think about it, (alder body, stratty soundin' pickups).

I've also had both neck + bridge Evolution 6 string versions loaded in a different Ibanez RG and I found the tone to be quite different. It still had that stratty sorta quality, but not as much of it. This was my only experience trying a 7 string version of a pickup that was originally designed for a 6 stringer. I'm sure they made some adjustments on the 7 string versions but IMO they weren't consistent.
There is no way you had it wired correctly if you had mud on either an Evo 6 or 7. Those pickups are straight up "icepick in the forhead" clarity with a side of "Sweet Jesu - the output." I've owned a lot of both the 6 and 7 versions, and I am a freak for clarity, especially on 7's.

Black and White get soldered together, red is your hot, green and bare go to your grounds, is usually what I go with. (Obviously you can get creative on which sides of the coils get joined, but if you stay consistant, it is usually safer.)
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