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Offline miles61

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Pickup selection
« on: March 03, 2021, 04:35:14 PM »
Hi All,
Been lurking around for a bit, just bought my first DiMarzio PuPs to go into a PRS ME2 Copy, I have some GFS PuPs and RS Guitarworks wiring kit in there now and it sounds good, but I never used the push pull pot so I'm going with std CTS 500 ohm pots with 22mf cap, Based on the web site pickup finder I'm putting a Deactivator neck and a Super Distortion in the bridge. I hope this turns it in to a metal monster,
Any thoughts,
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Re: Pickup selection
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2021, 02:25:07 AM »
No experience with the D Activator neck but it was designed for metal.  The Super Distortion is a great all round pickup which should cover heavy metal as well.

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Re: Pickup selection
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2021, 11:58:06 AM »
Yeah, you can't go wrong with a Super Distortion for hard rock/metal.
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Re: Pickup selection
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2021, 08:05:51 AM »
Thanks, for the replies, I don't have any question about the super distortion, but really looking for thoughts on the D Activator neck PuP,
Does anyone have experience with this pickup?
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Re: Pickup selection
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2021, 01:45:25 PM »
The D-Activator neck is very much a metal neck pickup. The D-Activator set was DiMarzio's answer to a passive alternative to active EMGs. To me the neck pickup is closer to an EMG 81 in the neck than the EMG85, quite clear and articulate with plenty of cutting power.
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Re: Pickup selection
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2021, 10:38:51 AM »
You've probably got your new pickups by now, but in case you haven't:

The neck D Activator has very similar output and EQ to the Super 2, which was designed to be paired with a Super Distortion (and arguably pairs even better with the Super 3 bridge pickup). 
If you want to play hard rock / metal with high-end cut from your neck pickup, without the risk of it getting thin or brittle, either D Activator or Super 2 would be a great choice.  I don't think you could go wrong with either.
D Activator is more articulate and is the most harmonic neck pickup I know of (more harmonics than some bridge humbuckers!).  Super 2 has slightly more low-mids.