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    which are better, Dizmarzio humbuckers or Duncans?

    going to make my squire stagemaster into a mutant rock and roll beast!!!!

    also what are the best single coil pickups for $120 or under?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pbferrari
    which are better, Dizmarzio humbuckers or Duncans?

    going to make my squire stagemaster into a mutant rock and roll beast!!!!

    also what are the best single coil pickups for $120 or under?
    That's a tough call and definitely a matter of preference - mine is Dimarzio. The thing that sucks about pickups is that they're one of the few things you can't really try out before you buy and after you've bought them, they generally can't be returned unless they're defective. Even if you try them out in somone else's guitar, there are so many subjective factors at play (wood, strings, electronics, amp, etc.)

    My favorite DiMarzios are the Tone Zone (bridge - closets stock pickup to the EBMM EVH/Axis that you can buy) and Air Norton (neck). But even they sound different in my tele and my Wolfgang Special. Which DiMarzios/Duncans are you looking at? Generally, I feel that DiMarzios are more modern-sounding and Duncans are more classic. Check out the companies' websites and the reviews on Harmony Central:

    http://www.harmony-central.com/Guitar/Data2/00man.html

    These have helped me in the past but, again, it really depends on your ears. Let me know if I can help. Good luck!
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    thanks otis5150 that is a awesome website!!
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    I've had both DiMarrzio (Super-Distortion) and the Duncan Distortion on my guitar. The DiMarrzio had a brighter sound but the Duncan is fatter and sounds better when I toggle to the middle position.

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    One isn't "better" than the other.

    Both of them employ psychotically obsessed tone fanatics.

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    I think Dimarzios are better personally, but SD's are very good. Personally I think the all time # 1 pickup is a Gibson 498R. That pickup is what I think Dimarzios try to be but don't quite get the job done. 498R's are in some of the Les Pauls out there today. (Studio, Standard) Try one of those guitars out and see what you think. The 498R seems to sound good in everything. Super High gain, but great gritty distortion when rolling back on the volume. Very warm clean tones. One last suggestion it a Gibson Burst Bucker 2 or 3. The 3 is the hottest of the burst buckers and is slightly out of phase which gives it a totally hot rodded sound that stands out. They get total clarity even when really distorted. Great overtones. . . . Just my 2 cents and 20 years of guitar playing speaking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Majestic
    One isn't "better" than the other.

    Both of them employ psychotically obsessed tone fanatics.

    Okay
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    What about single coils what is the best brand for $120 or under?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warmoth
    I think Dimarzios are better personally, but SD's are very good. Personally I think the all time # 1 pickup is a Gibson 498R. That pickup is what I think Dimarzios try to be but don't quite get the job done. 498R's are in some of the Les Pauls out there today. (Studio, Standard) Try one of those guitars out and see what you think. The 498R seems to sound good in everything. Super High gain, but great gritty distortion when rolling back on the volume. Very warm clean tones. One last suggestion it a Gibson Burst Bucker 2 or 3. The 3 is the hottest of the burst buckers and is slightly out of phase which gives it a totally hot rodded sound that stands out. They get total clarity even when really distorted. Great overtones. . . . Just my 2 cents and 20 years of guitar playing speaking.
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    2.) how much do they cost?
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    I've seen Burst Buckers for about $125 in guitar center. Not cheap... Gibson is proud of their stuff.


    The 498R's should be about $20-$30 cheaper. It's a better pickup in my opinion. It's not specially wound like a Burstbucker. It's a very common pickup in many Gibson Les Pauls and SG models.

    There's a burst bucker 3 (opening bid $10) on ebay right now ... ends in 5 days.
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    oh, and yes they fit a standard humbucker slot. All humbuckers are the same size.


    I saw you asked about single coils. I have a set of EMG's in a valley arts california edition guitar that are very sweet. They have low fairly noise and are hot pickups. They are white with gold emg lettering. Not sure what style they are. I'm not a big single coil fan, but they are a necessity sometimes.

    I would not recommend Texas Specials (Fender) unless you want a really BRIGHT sound. The NEck Texas Special is cool, but the middle and bridge just don't seem right. Try out a tex mex strat and see what you think.
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    Seymour Duncan JB Jr. in any position in a strat is a great upgrade.
    Personally, I'd carve out the bridge to install a humbucker and drop in a Seymour Duncan Custom Custom. If you play your amp with scooped mids as a general rule, the Custom Custom is a great pickup for heavy Strats & EBMM type guitars as the mids are nicely accentuated.

    Also enjoy the DiMarzio PAF pro. vintage output with a bit more grunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HipCat5
    If you play your amp with scooped mids as a general rule, the Custom Custom is a great pickup for heavy Strats & EBMM type guitars as the mids are nicely accentuated.
    Just don't forget to add the mids back in for your lead sounds. I've been playing for 22 years and am ashamed to admit that I never knew that mids were important when it comes to lead sounds. Gives them that fat, fluid tone. If that's what you're into, of course...
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    what about those white SDs that instead of the little silver dots have a line in the middle instead?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pbferrari
    which are better, Dizmarzio humbuckers or Duncans?

    going to make my squire stagemaster into a mutant rock and roll beast!!!!

    also what are the best single coil pickups for $120 or under?

    If you're looking for a high output bucker, it's tough to beat a dimarzio breed for my money.

    Great, great heavy tone. Double screws, Lows and low mids, smooth highs. My favorite power bucker. So far my favorite buckers have been:

    Breed-High Output (POWER!!)
    Duncan Hybrid- Mid Output (Versatilty)
    VHPaf- Low Mid (Pissed off paf)
    High Order- Low (sweet paf tone with just enough twang)

    That being said, if you're just starting out the Duncan Custom might be a good place to start. Great all around aggressive bucker, covers alot of ground and you can change mags to fine tune the sound. Go ebay if you can, save alot of scratch that way.

    If you buy duncans new, buy from wymore guitars online and have john get whatever bucker you want with double screws. Doesn't cost extra and when you radius the poles you'll be glad you did.

    As far as singles. If your going high output in the bridge, a standard single in the neck will get overwhelmed. Go cool rails or the like. But if you want a more strat tone, the old or new duncan classic stacks are great pickups.

 

 

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