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P/J configuration for extra punch?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by NoiseNinja, Dec 14, 2016.


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  1. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Banned

    Feb 23, 2011
    Denmark
    What kind of pickups would you recommend for upgrading my Ibanez Mikro's stock J and P pickup to get a more punchy sound?

    What I like to achieve is a punchy aggressive, yet clear sound, I figure that would be pickups that favors the mid range spectra, but which would do that for me?

    I've been looking at the Seymour Duncan Quater Pounder set, but it seems to emphasis the treble and bass spectrum, according to the charge on their page, and not sure if that is the right thing for the sound I want to achieve?

    Edit: Forgot to write it needs to be passive pickups as well!
     
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2016
  2. PeaveyPlayer

    PeaveyPlayer Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2014
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Cobalt bass strings

    and EMG GZR PJ
     
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  3. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Banned

    Feb 23, 2011
    Denmark
    Thanks for your suggestion, forgot to write it needs to be passive pickups though.
     
  4. PeaveyPlayer

    PeaveyPlayer Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2014
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Those are passive
     
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  5. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Banned

    Feb 23, 2011
    Denmark
    Oh, right sorry, I mistook them for another set.

    Thanks :)
     
  6. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Banned

    Feb 23, 2011
    Denmark
    Only concern now is how I will mount them.

    Any idea if the connectors on the solderless wires will go through the tiny holes and tunnels that are carved through the Mikro's body from the cavity housing the output jack and volume and tone potmeters to the cavities for the pickups, since there is no external route hidden under a pick guard?
     
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  7. PeaveyPlayer

    PeaveyPlayer Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2014
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    they should work no problem
     
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  8. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Banned

    Feb 23, 2011
    Denmark
    Cool, thanks :)
     
  9. Growlmonkee

    Growlmonkee

    Jan 30, 2013
    Florida, U.S.
    The connectors can be taken off, and put back on easily
     
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  10. I recommend Dunlop Super Brights. They pack a wallop.
     
  11. Catbuster

    Catbuster Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    Louisville, KY.
    Dimarzio DP126 set. Rotosound strings. Punch city.
     
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  12. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Banned

    Feb 23, 2011
    Denmark
    Thanks for the suggestion, think I will go for the EMG GZR though, as I am no wizz with a soldering iron and don't own one.

    Not that it would have stopped me, I mean I could just by one, they aren't too expensive, and I have tried soldering before.

    The EMG's seems as good a choice as the Dimarzios though, so I just go with the easiest solution, unless you can say for certain I would be better off with the Dimarzios?
     
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  13. PeaveyPlayer

    PeaveyPlayer Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2014
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    For sure the EMG plus cobalt strings imo will help

    I had a set and they had punch,growl,and clarity

    I found the dimarzios to be too grindy for me
    Just listen to billy Sheehan



    Adding cobalts to the equation along with the EMG pickups will help
     
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  14. Catbuster

    Catbuster Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    Louisville, KY.
    I've used both, and the Dimarzio pickups are the most punchy and mid present set I've ever used.

    That said, the EMG Geezer set is what I would pick in my gear of the two.
     
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  15. sleepyEDB

    sleepyEDB

    Jul 31, 2014
    Metro Detroit
    Is the J pickup in the EMG Geezer set hum-canceling on its own like the DiMarzio Type J?


    sleepy
     
  16. 39-Bassist

    39-Bassist

    Jul 7, 2010
    Florida
    Endorsing Artist for: Brace Audio; Duncan Pickups; Line6, Hipshot, GHS Strings, Somnium Guitars
    I have been through a bunch of configurations for pickups...what I finally settled on was the SD SPB-4 w/ STK - J2b....great tones and very diverse in sounds also. Just my 1-1/2 cents...
     
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  17. Catbuster

    Catbuster Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    Louisville, KY.
    Yes, it's a humbucker. And 39, that's what I'm using right now. Super happy with it.
     
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  18. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Two different animals. The DiMarzios are way hotter, aren't as bright, and have a huge hump in the very low mids. The Geezers are more like a vintage Fender pickup with a more even sound up and down the spectrum, with more brightness but not overbearing brightness. I think the DiMarzio set is excellent for what it does, but for an all-around PJ set, I'd go Geezer every time. There are a lot of really good PJ pickup sets out there, but no other pickup I've heard puts me quite in the mind of the pre-CBS Fender period like Geezers.

    Yes.
     
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  19. sleepyEDB

    sleepyEDB

    Jul 31, 2014
    Metro Detroit
    Thanks for the info!

    Wow, I would not have thought that about the Geezers at all. Now I am very intrigued...


    sleepy
     
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