looking for pickups that offer variety

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  1. varanus

    varanus SS.org Regular

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    Hi, I have a shitty js227 (poplar body and maple neck), so i'm not looking to drop too much money. i need pickups that can do a variety of genres(i.e. r&b, modern metal, shoegaze, etc.) I did a little googling and i'm looking at dimarzio liquifire 7 for the neck and crunchlab for the bridge. what do you guys think? any suggestions?
     
  2. JustinRhoads1980

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    I would say you need something more aggressive than the CL/LF because although it is a great pickup, I don't think it could do modern metal all that well, but then again we don't know what amp you have
     
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    Buy a new amp first. Its not the pickups or the guitar that will be limiting.
     
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    I'm finding lower output AlNiCo5 pickups to be very interesting for metal applications...
     
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    I kinda disagree. "Modern metal sound" to me is more about the amp. If you go too far into aggressive territory with pickups, I imagine you'd risk losing out on versatility. Also CL can be plenty aggressive depending on your picking style.

    I'm a big fan of that pickup combo. I'd be willing to give that a shot if you're sure the amp situation is good.
     
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    Dear god we're at the point where a Crunchlab is not aggressive enough and can't do modern metal. If it's anything like the D-Sonic 7 it's plenty aggressive and can do modern metal for sure. Hopefully it's a bit more open sounding than the D-Sonic. I haven't tried the set, only tge Liquifire which was quite bright for a neck pickup and had a lot of bite.
     
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    Crunchlab is definitely aggressive, but it sounds like shit. There's something weird going on with it, almost like there's a hint of neck pickup sound. Just my experience, there was nothing wrong with the wiring in the guitar that had it either.
     
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    Personally, I don't think that the crunchlab is that aggressive of a tone, but I'm on board with looking into an amp first.
     
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    varanus SS.org Regular

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    Well I do have a shitty amp (id core 20), and I planned on getting a boss katana 100 or a better id core. If i had the money, i'd get a bias or kemper lol. the stock pickups are doable to say the least. yeah in that perspective getting better pickups before an amp does seem silly lol. the only reason i ask is because i'm already recording music. btw smoked porter the crunch lab can be used as a neck pickup so that could be why its weird lol.
     
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    Get the amp first.
     
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    Yeah I guess, then again his amp is pretty shit so I think getting a better amp would be a better improvement compared to a pickup swap
     
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    Definitely get a better amp first.

    Not only will it make a huge difference in tone, it will also show you much better the tonal qualities of your guitar so you know what pickups to get.
     
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    KnightBrolaire gearwhoricus americanus

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    good amp>>>good pickups>good guitar.
    I went down the same path years ago starting with a meh guitar, with meh pickups into a horrible amp. tried some better pickups (evo2) and it still sounded meh. upgraded from a piece of shit crate solid state to a mesa boogie f30 and the sound was excellent. A good amp will make mediocre guitars and pickups sound better than a shitty amp will. Take it from someone who owned and used stock 300$ guitars for years.
     
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    Are you all insane? Fucking BULB used the Crunchlab.

    "Can't do modern metal" Jesus christ.

    We've entered the terminal meme zone, where only pickups handwound on one of Jupiter's moons is capable of versatility :lol:
     
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    Leave it to ss.org to set the standard at
    :lol:

    Not everyone wants to sound exaaaaaaaaactly the same, right?

    ..... right?
     
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    Haha I'm not saying that Misha is the "standard" for modern metal (whatever that means), but his style and tone is certainly what a large chunk of people think of for a quick example of modern tones.
     
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    I guess if it was a question of versatility, the fact that Bulb and Petrucci use(d) the same pickups should make a decent statement in itself.
     
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    Even the tamest pickup sounds crazy through a boosted 5150.

    I'd vote on the amp first
     
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    Literally any humbucker will do modern metal with a high gain amp and a boost/eq. Get a katana and you'll be fine.
     
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