Ibanez PowerSpan pickups...what's the verdict?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by tdstiayw, Jun 11, 2020.

  1. tdstiayw


    Jan 24, 2007
    I'm thinking of getting a new SR.

    I am unfamiliar with the newer Ibanez PowerSpan pickups.

    What's the collective feeling about them?

    I play modern metal and need something that sounds full when clean and good with overdrive and distortion.

    Will these fit the bill? What's a better stock humbucker?

  2. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    They're the best stock (Ibanez-branded) pickups Ibanez have used since the PFR (Passive Full-Range) that they used to put in the SR eXtreme (SRX).
    Better than the Bartolinis they're putting in the SR500E, IME.
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  3. Inara

    Inara Fierce Fun Fretless Female

    Jun 12, 2017
    Seattle, WA USA
    I love them. My main bass was an Ibanez SR705F that I had upgraded to the better Bartolini pickups and preamp, and I bought an SR375EF fretless as a backup. After playing it in practice a few times and live just once, I put the 705 up for sale. I'm really impressed with the stock Powerspan pickups and the electronics. I had assumed I would upgrade them, but I feel no need.
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