New Pickups for Ibanez Roadstar P/J

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by ODDBALL, Nov 29, 2012.


  1. ODDBALL

    ODDBALL Supporting Member

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    Hello All,

    I have a 1983 Ibanez Roadstar with a P/J configuration. It still has the stock passive pickups. I have been thinking of putting a new set of pickups in it. Now the question is which brand? What would you suggest? I like to play Classic Rock to Hard Rock. I would like to get a nice round fat tone and also get a good aggressive P Bass tone. Is this possible? Also something that will not break the bank in the process.

    Thanks for the help.

    Shaun
  2. Substandard

    Substandard Supporting Member

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    You just described the ibanez roadster pickups as far as I'm concerned.

    What is it you don't like about them?
  3. ODDBALL

    ODDBALL Supporting Member

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    It may be all in my head but it doesn't really have that signature Fender P sound. Like I said it could be all in my head. I thought maybe a pickup change might be in order.

    Shaun
  4. mr pablo

    mr pablo

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    I had an RS924 made in 83 and from what i gathered at the time the pickups were dimarzio's or oem's for Ibanez. compared to my Fender MIJ P from around the same time the Roadster sounded way better imo.
  5. waterboy

    waterboy

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    +1

    The stock pickups in mine have never left me longing for a change.

    Try some new strings maybe?

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