Need help with a pickup choice

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  1. Jason Calieri

    Jason Calieri Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm trying to decide which pickups to put in my new Koll. It'll mainly be used for hard rock stuff, along the lines of Muse, Foo Fighters, Audioslave, etc. Initially I was thinking Dimarzio Virtual P90s, recommended by someone whose band I really dig, but I recently got the chance to try them out and, while they sound great, I don't think they're exactly what I'm looking for.

    I really like the clarity of all the P90s I've played, but I also like the smoothness and beefier low-end of my McCarty pickups. I guess I'm hoping to split the difference somehow - a humbucker that's got a decent amount of low end (where palm muted stuff sounds nice and big), doesn't sound muddy or muffled, and has the clear, biting mids of a P90. Any ideas? I'm hoping to find something that's not super expensive, either (closer to $150/pr rather than $300/pr). Thanks in advance!
     
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    seymour duncan phat cats?
     
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    Jason Calieri Silver Supporting Member

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    Actually, I should've mentioned, I've always been a humbucker player and I'm trying to avoid the noise issues inherent with true P90s. That's why I wanted to try that Dimarzio Virtual P90. Sounded good, just not exactly what I want.
     
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    Seymour Duncan Distortions?

    JBs?
     
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    Jason Calieri Silver Supporting Member

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    I was looking at those on the Duncan site earlier today. Could work. I wish I could pick like 10 pickups and try them all, but that ain't gonna happen, argh.

    Anyone have any experience with the Dimarzio Air Zone?
     
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    Duncan Custom Custom will do the driven thing, but cleans up to PAF tone with the volume control quite nicely.
     
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    paintguy Long Hair Hippy Freak Silver Supporting Member

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    Jason
    for a hard rock PAF style, I dig the Custom. Always seems to work for me in different guitars. Pair with a nice vintage wind neck, (59', seth lover, alnico pro 11 etc..... ) and it pretty much can cover anything. The Custom gets a bad rep for being a Ceramic Mag and being harsh. I dig it!!!

    Definitely one of my favorite combos in the $150.00 range.
     
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    Duncan Custom Custom. My fav bridge pickup for anything that rocks hard.
     
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    Jason Calieri Silver Supporting Member

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    Thanks, guys. I like the bite and the clarity of the mids in the P90s I've played, and I'm hoping to find something that has that, too.
     
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    Here's a clip courtesy of friend, fellow TGP member and DiMarzio endorser Harry Jacobson (first part full, second part split): http://www.harryj.net/bridge%20dirt.mp3
     
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    Harmonic Design Z-90.
     
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    Jason Calieri Silver Supporting Member

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    Thanks, I'll check that out!

    Trying to avoid single coil hum, though, since I play with a good amount of gain.
     
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    Lindy Fralin P-92's would do very nicely for you. They are a "noiseless P-90" in tone but better. They are warm, rich. Phat and articulate. I just put a set in a Tele and they work great in that platform.
     

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