Too harsh sound.. help with pickups

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  1. fendrix_81

    fendrix_81 New Member

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    hi friends
    i have an ibanez rg 550 ltd basswood with lock trem
    and i still have the ibanez v7 v8 s1 stock from 1996.
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    the sound is too harsh on my bridge pickup,
    i compared today with a funny cheap guitar "baffin" wich i noticed has
    more more warm pickups but with less output.

    i find some pickups wich give me more warm sound and many sustain,
    i play metal but with no harsh tone..

    thx
     
  2. poeman33

    poeman33 Well-Known Member

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    quick tip for harsh sounding pickups?
    Lower them
     
  3. fendrix_81

    fendrix_81 New Member

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    yes
    buy the ibanez v8 :rock:
     
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    Frankie Well-Known Member

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    You could also try the tone knob. It's free since it came with the guitar.
     
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    Ed Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Many guys with a RG that had the harsh problem load the ibanez with a dimarizo tone zone and are very happy with it.
    dimarzio makes a lot of warm sounding pu's for metal,
     
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  6. S9X

    S9X Active Member

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    Try 250k volume pot.
    Or put a small cap parallel with pup's coil - try something like 470pF - 4n7. Simple, cheap and effective.
     
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    wakjob Well-Known Member

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    How about describing the rest of your rig?
     
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    RiverRatt Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    I've had a lot of Ibanez guitars and their pickups are consistently good throughout the line, even on the cheapo models. I'm not really a fan of overwound ceramic pickups, but theirs are surprisingly useful for other styles than metal.
     
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    Weird, I thought the V8 in my RG1570 was dull. I much prefer the MHD Asylum+ I replaced it with.
     
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    The stock pups that were in my RG2550 were surprisingly good, but changing them to a Tone Zone and an Air Norton made the world of difference.
     
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