Opinions on pickups for Schecter C-1 Plus

whiteop

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I just bought a Schecter C-1 Plus used that's in pristine shape and plays and feels like a dream, however, I'm not sure about the pickups. They sound very good on distortion (at low volume in my house), however, the clean tone sounds a little muddy in comparison to some of my other guitars but I haven't played out with it live yet. I'm sure some of you have had the same experience that I have - that most guitars that have pickups that are a little bright at home can get a little ice-pickish when you play live.

So I'm just wondering if anyone else has a C-1 or C-1 Plus that has the H-102s (Seymour Designed) and what their thoughts and experiences have been with them, especially in live situations. I really do like the tones it has in general; it's good for classic rock and jazz from what I can tell. And it has one of the fastest necks I've played; one of the reasons I sold one of my guitars so I could get it (didn't need an Epiphone laying around when I have a Gibson). Discovered it after one of the teens at church asked if I would set it up for him; basically fell in love with it after I set it up. It took me several weeks to find a good used one that looks like it probably set in the case most of the time because there weren't any real scratches on it; basically buffed everything out and it looks like a new guitar. It basically sounds a lot like my Les Paul but is lighter; really reminds me of a PRS which is funny because I read somewhere online that Shecters were made in the same manufacturing plant as PRS and/or ESP, however, I dont' know if it's true.
 

EdMan57

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A friend of mine has a C-1 Plus that he installed a Seymour Duncan Custom 5/'59 set that works very well in his guitar.Sounds very good for both clean and overdriven tones.A Duncan Jazz at the neck would sound a bit clearer and give up less mids than a '59,if such was desired.Another good option is a set of DiMarzio 36th Anniversary PAF's.



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whiteop

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I have heard nothing but good on the Dimarzio 36th Anniversary PAF. I may look that one up. I do like a neck pickup that can give me those chimey bell tones too. Looking at your equipment in your sig, it looks like you've probably been playing quite some time; nice pro gear you have there, Ed.
 

OotMagroot

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I have a C-1 Classic that has the real Duncan JB/Jazz set. Those pickups compliment that guitar extremely well.
 

whiteop

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I have a C-1 Classic that has the real Duncan JB/Jazz set. Those pickups compliment that guitar extremely well.

Are you able to get good singing leads with good sustain with them, particularly on the bridge pickup? That's one thing I really like about the stock bridge pickup that came in it. Guess I've gotten a little spoiled and used to better tones from good pickups I've dropped into my guitars over the years.
 

hawes

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Love those guitars too. I didnt like the stock pickups that came with it. Too muddy for me. I tried a regular duncan custom and thought it was too harsh. Jazz neck worked pretty well for a while. Right now I have a dimarzio breed neck in the bridge and a duncan screamin demon in the neck. I find that I like the dimarzio's better in this guitar.

I really want to try a set of Lollars in this guitar next. I am into more lower output pick ups these days.
 

Agreed

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JB in the bridge and Jazz in the neck C-1 Classic is one of my favorite guitars (and I've got a collection, American, Japanese, Mexican, vintage and modern - that Korean Schecter I got in like 2006 is still one of my favorites for stability, playability, versatility, and great sound).
 

whiteop

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Meant to mention I'm not a shredder but I do like a pickup that has good clarity, sustain, and sounds good distorted
 

Agreed

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The JB strikes a good tonal balance - while the JB Jr. mini-humbucker uses a ceramic magnet to get a little more heat in a smaller form factor, the full-sized JB is AlNiCo and has a more even response overall, not as sharp sounding but still hot enough to play metal easily if your other gear is up to it. It's a great generalist in the bridge, doesn't sound too dark or too punchy playing clean and it doesn't sound like crap coil tapped either :). Jazz in the neck is just one of my favorite pickups period, love the smooth, warm tone.
 
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I have a C-1 Classic that has the real Duncan JB/Jazz set. Those pickups compliment that guitar extremely well.

This. The duncan designed p'ups are just a touch muddier than real duncans. I put a JB in the bridge of my tempest and it really made the guitar shine.
 

whiteop

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Okay sounds like the JB is a good fit for the bridge and the Jazz for the neck. Any other suggestions or the neck that isn't muddy and makes the middle setting (both pickups) sound good.

EDIT: After doing some more research seems like the JB and Jazz would be the best fit for my needs.
 
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EdMan57

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...Looking at your equipment in your sig, it looks like you've probably been playing quite some time; nice pro gear you have there, Ed...

Thanks.Like so many others here on TGP,I have more stuff than I need,while still wanting even more,lol!I've been playing since '76,but only became a gear junkie within the last ten years,or so.Btw,a JB/Jazz set should give your guitar a solid tonal upgrade.



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XmasTree

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i have a Schecter Tempest Custom that I put a Gibson 57 plus in the bridge!
best pickup ever, ever! ..i kept the SD 59' in the neck, which is also extremely awesome sounding

Jazz/JB combination would be awesome as well.
or
59/Custom 5

all of these will cover the entire spectrum of rock and even metal
 




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