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    I'm looking for a pretty good bridge(humbucking) pickup for my Ibanez. I know about the 'custom custom' 170.00 duncan's but I'm gonna put those in my Warmoth Wolfgang copy(when I finish it).

    I'm kinda going for the F.U.C.K sound(lots of bottom end) but I dont want it to cut out my high's when I solo...Any ideas?

    thanks

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    [ February 02, 2003, 10:57 PM: Message edited by: Bodine1231 ]

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    Try a regular custom custom. I have one in my swamp ash guitar and it really fills out the bottom nicely without killing anything else.
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    Originally posted by Bodine1231:
    I'm looking for a pretty good bridge(humbucking) pickup for my Ibanez. I know about the 'custom custom' 170.00 duncan's but I'm gonna put those in my Warmoth Wolfgang copy(when I finish it).

    I'm kinda going for the F.U.C.K sound(lots of bottom end) but I dont want it to cut out my high's when I solo...Any ideas?

    thanks

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    I would go with the Custom tb-5 in that guitar, I have already put one in an RG and it's what ya want.
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    I have to agree with Rol, the Duncan TB-5 is awesome I recently put one in my 5150 Kramer made from ash wood and the tone was fantastic.

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    The Duncan Custom is *not* what you want for Ed's tone (ceramic magnet, too 'bitey'), and definitely *NOT* what you put in an Ibanez RG with a floating (i.e. tone-sucking) whammy.

    Because you have an RG, which sounds notoriously "thin", I'd say go for the Custom Custom. If that tone doesn't have enough treble for you, then the Custom 5 should do it, but not the regular Custom.

    All 3 are identical pickups, minus the magnets.

    I repeat, all 3 are identical pickups, w/ exception to the magnet.

    I will list them below, from "least warm", to "most warm":
    Custom (ceramic)
    Custom 5 (alnico 5)
    Custom Custom (alnico 2)

    You may also consider checking the Duncan forums....they're true tone-heads over there, almost to the extreme. You won't hear anyone over there ever recommend a pickup with a ceramic magnet for Ed's tone. And since I made the mistake of putting a ceramic magnet pickup in an Ibanez once, I can vouch for it being a big mistake.

    On the other hand, you've already asked a very specific question, and I've already saved you the time by telling you how they will answer.

    I don't know what you're referring to when you say $170 Custom Custom......there's no such thing.

    Maybe you mean the Duncan EVH? From the Custom shop? Anyway, it's not what you're looking for. Wrong "VH era", and wrong guitar.

    You really want my personal ultimate recommendation for FUCK-era tone on your Ibanez?

    Block off the whammy so that it only decreases in pitch. This will increase your sustain, and to some extent your bass by a trillion percent.

    *Then* go ahead and buy the Custom 5. It has the beefy bass of the Custom Custom, only it's more focused & less "buttery", yet it has highs that are more noticeable, yet "warmed up".

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    Originally posted by Majestic:
    The Duncan Custom is *not* what you want for Ed's tone (ceramic magnet, too 'bitey'), and definitely *NOT* what you put in an Ibanez RG with a floating (i.e. tone-sucking) whammy.

    Because you have an RG, which sounds notoriously "thin", I'd say go for the Custom Custom. If that tone doesn't have enough treble for you, then the Custom 5 should do it, but not the regular Custom.

    All 3 are identical pickups, minus the magnets.

    I repeat, all 3 are identical pickups, w/ exception to the magnet.

    I will list them below, from "least warm", to "most warm":
    Custom (ceramic)
    Custom 5 (alnico 5)
    Custom Custom (alnico 2)

    You may also consider checking the Duncan forums....they're true tone-heads over there, almost to the extreme. You won't hear anyone over there ever recommend a pickup with a ceramic magnet for Ed's tone. And since I made the mistake of putting a ceramic magnet pickup in an Ibanez once, I can vouch for it being a big mistake.

    On the other hand, you've already asked a very specific question, and I've already saved you the time by telling you how they will answer.

    I don't know what you're referring to when you say $170 Custom Custom......there's no such thing.

    Maybe you mean the Duncan EVH? From the Custom shop? Anyway, it's not what you're looking for. Wrong "VH era", and wrong guitar.

    You really want my personal ultimate recommendation for FUCK-era tone on your Ibanez?

    Block off the whammy so that it only decreases in pitch. This will increase your sustain, and to some extent your bass by a trillion percent.

    *Then* go ahead and buy the Custom 5. It has the beefy bass of the Custom Custom, only it's more focused & less "buttery", yet it has highs that are more noticeable, yet "warmed up".
    gee I guess I'll have to email all my former replica customers and tell them that their ears are full of shit, and I pulled one over on them ?
    and Dave, your guitar doesn't sound anything like you think what the hells the matter with you ?
    Rol.

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    Rol, your absolutly right, it must be that the amps are still ringing in my head from 25 years ago when I played my first gig. I'll leave this topic to the youngin's that have much more experiance than I do.

    Dave

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    That's strange, since Ed's early sound was based on an original humbucker that he wound hotter.
    The PAF humbuckers used alnico 2 magnets, and although putting more windings on it would increase the output somewhat it wouldn't change the characteristic of the magnet.
    The tone would still be that of a pickup with an alnico 2.

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    Originally posted by rolsguitars:
    I would go with the Custom tb-5 in that guitar, I have already put one in an RG and it's what ya want.
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    Originally posted by tribb:
    That's strange, since Ed's early sound was based on an original humbucker that he wound hotter.
    The PAF humbuckers used alnico 2 magnets, and although putting more windings on it would increase the output somewhat it wouldn't change the characteristic of the magnet.
    The tone would still be that of a pickup with an alnico 2.
    ...hence the custom custom suggestion [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]
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    I recommend the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop EVH (Evenly Voiced Harmonics) pickup. I used it to make these clips:

    Mean Street
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    Good luck with your choice...

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    Originally posted by sah5150:
    I recommend the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop EVH (Evenly Voiced Harmonics) pickup. I used it to make these clips:

    Mean Street
    Beautiful Girls
    You're No Good
    Bottoms Up! (one of the solos)
    The obligatory Unchained

    Good luck with your choice...

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    Whoops! You wanted F.U.C.K -era tone. Not gonna get that with the EVH... it is pure Roth-era tone. Get a Dimarzio Tone Zone and a Dimarzio Air Norton. These are the pickups for that tone...

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    I was going to mention the Tone Zone and the Air Zone, but I got the impression he was hell-bent on Duncans.

    Otherwise, you're absolutely right.

    And Tribb, you read the thread too fast.....the Duncan EVH is EXACTLY the vintage-y type pickup Ed used for his earlier tone, and the complete WRONG pickup for 'FUCK' tone (the alnico 5 music man dimarzio).

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    Originally posted by Majestic:
    I was going to mention the Tone Zone and the Air Zone, but I got the impression he was hell-bent on Duncans.

    Otherwise, you're absolutely right.

    And Tribb, you read the thread too fast.....the Duncan EVH is EXACTLY the vintage-y type pickup Ed used for his earlier tone, and the complete WRONG pickup for 'FUCK' tone (the alnico 5 music man dimarzio).
    I read it ok bud.
    I think what you said was pretty well dead on.
    I've got a custom custom, as well as the Duncan EVH pickup. I can get the early tone and the FUCK tone from the EVH pickup.
    A lot depends on the amp you use, and what comes out of your fingers as well.
    I just kick up the gain and go from there. Well, I used to anyway.
    I think one of the best pickups for getting both eras is the Duncan Seth Lover. That p/u does it all.

 

 

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