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There are lots of examples of good music by great players made with EMGs and they are not only-metal PUs.

No doubt about that!

I don't hate active EMGs by any means, I think they are good pickups for a very specific sound. I find them to be very clear, articulate and immediate-sounding. Very "modern" as well, for lack of a better term.
I just keep coming back to passives, because personally I prefer their tone.

Of course... some might say that if you put EMG's in any guitar it would sound like ass.


Not a big fan of them, either. Funnily enough though some of my favorite bands (past and present) use/used EMGs. I can definitely see their purpose, but when compared to high output passives EMGs don't do the trick for me, the 81 model in particular.
I like the Evolution in one of my guitars and the EMG-81 kinda sounds like a uber-thin Evo to my ears.

For a POS guitar I would try an active EMG. Some people say you could even throw an EMG into a baseball bat and it will sound like EMG :D
But then again, the investment on upgrading to active electronics might not even be worth it if the guitar itself was just a few bucks.

The Breed is also very tame. Very, very tame.

Smoothed out treble and warm sounding pickup in general? Yes. "Very, very tame"? I don't think so.
I tune down to Drop C# and C occasionally and it doesn't sound tame in my book. The bass response is a little loose, but with a powerful pick attack it gets the heavy riffing done with ease.

In my mahogany Ibanez the Breed sounds fat and punchy. It's perfect for me, cause it's hot enough for metal, but retains note definition on distorted non-power-chords, too. I haven't had the SD in any guitar, but given how much low-mid crunch the Breed already delivers I don't feel I need to go the extra mile just yet.

I guess the (hot-rodded) PAF reference comes from the openness in its sound. It gets the chunk business done as you crank the gain, but it's not a very compressed sounding pickup or uber-tight like some ceramic-based models.

The term might sound a little unspectacular, but simply put I'd describe the Breed as a great all-around pickup.

Check out the Breed thread in the "Everything you wanted to know about ...." section.

The Pickup Place / Re: Evolution pickup height / output
« on: March 02, 2011, 09:17:04 pm »
, now I can also see why it's considered ice-picky by some.

IMO the whole ice pick thing is people playing by themselves in their bedrooms.

You'll always see people being shocked that the Evo sounds "so good when Vai plays it" but "so bright and harsh when I play it"
Well Vai plays with a full band (and sometimes a full orchestra  :o) which fills in those missing frequencies that the guitar really isn't supposed to produce anyway.

With a bass player and a drummer it sounds PHAT and JOOCEY!!!!

Well, like I said, I understand why some people find it too bright/harsh, but it's not a problem for me. I use up to three guitars for recording. My Ibanez has the Breed, my Fender has an Invader, so those deliver the low-mid punch. My Schecter with the Evo on the other hand is great for leads and/or additional rhythm tracks BECAUSE of the high mid/treble emphasis.

The Pickup Place / Re: Evolution pickup height / output
« on: March 02, 2011, 07:03:16 pm »
I've raised the Evo quite a bit. It's currently about two Dunlop 0.73 picks away from the strings. Now I got it more sounding to my taste. More chunk and the mids are juiced up. But, now I can also see why it's considered ice-picky by some. It's not annoyingly harsh, though and the strong treble content helps to be heard in a dense mix.
It reminds me of the Duncan Distortion a little bit.

The only real downside of the Evo IMO: It doesn't sound good with low to medium amounts of gain. Crank it, then it shines!

For rhythm I prefer my Breed, but the Evo definitely wins for lead work.

The Pickup Place / Re: Evolution pickup height / output
« on: March 01, 2011, 02:42:58 pm »
Thanks for the input. The "US nickel" approach sounds very reasonable  :)
I just don't have the needed screwdriver, will get one tomorrow.

It's funny, though. The Breed in my other guitar is pretty much about the same height and it's a fat sounding rock machine. But that's probably due to the fact that it has way more bass/low mids than the Evo. Plus, the Ibanez has a set-in neck, while the Evo-equipped Schecter has bolt-on.

The Pickup Place / Evolution pickup height / output
« on: March 01, 2011, 09:58:51 am »
I've got the Evolution bridge in a mahogany Schecter C-1. It's a tight and clear sounding pickup and I do love it. However, I've heard some people say it's one of the loudest and craziest passives available. But I don't hear it that way. The Breed in my mahogany Ibanez sounds both louder and crunchier. I thought maybe I have the Evo too far from the strings, but it's pretty much the same height as my Breed.

When I do recordings I like to do two rhythm tracks with the Breed and another two with the Evo. But, on an amp setting that sounds great with the Breed, I often find it necessary to use a moderate Tube Screamer to achieve the same crunch with the Evo.

I don't know whether I should adjust its height to be closer to the strings. I think it might kill the sustain. Right now I got it about 0.25 inch away from the strings.

Thoughts / suggestions?

Kind regards

Guitar Lounge / Re: Building a Super Strat - Advice appreciated
« on: February 25, 2011, 09:10:37 pm »
The Strats do have diferent routings depending on your pickup configuration. Normally, they come with a routing for three singlecoils pickups. If that's the case, you'll have to make a hole on it to adapt it to a humbucker configuration. If it's got a humbucker an single/single routing or a swimmingpool routing (this one means you can install any pickup configuration), then you don't have to do anything else than change the pickups. Since this guitar has already got a humbucker, then you don't have to do anything

Yeah, that's what I thought. Thanks!

Edit: Pickguard should be 40-50 bucks. Installing the D Sonic and applying the new pickguard another 30-40 I'd guess. But how about the ripped out single coils, would the luthier have to fill the holes with wood?
I know Eddie Van Halen didn't  :D

Guitar Lounge / Re: Building a Super Strat - Advice appreciated
« on: February 25, 2011, 08:00:27 pm »
My technical skills when it comes to modifying guitars (and sometimes playing them  :P) are virtually non-existent. For instance I've never even changed a pickup myself.

"Is the Strat body routed to accept a bridge humbucker?"
I don't know what exactly that means to be honest...

I would think so, though, since the original configuration features a bridge humbucker, too.


Guitar Lounge / Building a Super Strat - Advice appreciated
« on: February 25, 2011, 04:05:32 pm »
I've come across the Fender Sunfire Stratocaster on the web. It was a limited run and it's not too expensive. I might eventually buy it, but I'd like to turn it into a Super Strat with a single humbucker / single volume knob, and just throw my D Sonic in there.

Here are two pics. One is the original, the other is how I'd want to look like:

I wouldn't do it myself, rather have a luthier take care of it.

Any idea how much it would approximately cost? And, anything else there is to consider?

Kind regards

Guitar Lounge / Re: Charvel Pro Mod SO-CAL: How to block tremolo?
« on: February 25, 2011, 09:21:28 am »
I actually got a Gibson Dirty Fingers in the neck of my Schecter C-1  :D  It's primarily a bridge pickup and I have used it as such in the past. But in the neck it gives me a wonderful, rich clean tone, kinda jazzy with smoothed out highs. It sounds sweet for those Police-style 9th chords (think "Message in a Bottle").
It does sound a little over the top with distortion. Like I'd be using a fuzz pedal on a moderate setting. Which I do like, though.

By the way, my Schecter is this fine guitar here:

I also swapped the bridge pickup (EMG-HZs are terrible) for a DiMarzio Evolution and couldn't be happier with it. It's a good contrast to my super-beefy mahogany Ibanez MFM2, which has a lone Breed bridge pickup.

If I should get the SO-CAL I might use my D Sonic on the bridge. If I don't like the Tone Zone that is...

Guitar Lounge / Re: Charvel Pro Mod SO-CAL: How to block tremolo?
« on: February 24, 2011, 05:24:44 pm »
Shoving a block of wood that fits *just* right in there also works. It's what Eric Clapton does.

I hope that makes restringing and tuning a lot easier. I've never used a Floyd Rose before. But the YouTube tutorials on how to maintain one made me realize that I would definitely freak out when having to restring it.

It's a pity that most kick-ass looking 80s style guitars come with Floyds.

Guitar Lounge / Re: Charvel Pro Mod SO-CAL: How to block tremolo?
« on: February 23, 2011, 06:54:59 pm »
Thank you for the info! I'll tell my local luthier about that trem stopper, in case he doesn't know about it. If I bought the SO-CAL he'd have to set it up for me either way, cause I play in Eb and use 11-50 gauge strings.

How do you like the SO-CAL Style 1? Do you have the Tone Zone / Evolution combo as well or did you swap it for something different?

Edit: I've just read in your thread that you installed a Norton...

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