View Full Version : WHAT KINDA SINGLE COIL CUTS THROUGH DISTORTION WELL??
01-05-2002, 11:20 AM
SIMILIAR TO PAUL GILBERT'S?
01-05-2002, 03:35 PM
I assume Paul gilbert uses humbuckers, so, maybe you should check out a single coil sized humbucker?
The Seymour Duncan JB Jr. is pretty much the best alround pickup apparently.(good for both clean and dirty sounds)
01-06-2002, 10:03 PM
Humbuckers in singlecoil format is called Hot Rail..
and PG uses hums.. at least most of the time.. still
he got a single coil(HSH) for 'strat'-sound...
01-08-2002, 05:39 PM
I saw gilbert in a live performance, he played some fast stuff and he switched to his single coil and it sounded stratty but cut through really well through his distortion, my single coil and 4th position don't do that, I was wondering what kind of single coil will allow me to cut through my distortion without muddying up, YJM DiMarzio maybe?? By the way i'm playing an Ibanez PGM30 not a Fender.
01-09-2002, 01:10 AM
What single coils are you using now, if any? Most good single coils will be able to cut through some distortion, if I get your meaning right; have a look at Seymour Duncan range as well.
01-10-2002, 07:41 PM
I'm using a stock ibanez single coil.
01-10-2002, 09:27 PM
Well, I don't know much about the quality of Ibanez pickups, but I would imagine that oyu will notice a world of difference when you change to a new pickup. As I said, the descriptions on manufacturers' websites should give you an indication of the sorts of pickups you are after. Ask music stroe guys as well about individual pickups that they own, and see if you can find guitars with recommended pickups already installed. They will sound different on every guitar, but you should get a good indication of what they are like. Good luck, and tell us about your choice when you install them!
01-11-2002, 04:16 PM
Before you go to the trouble and expense of replacing any pickups, you might try reducing the gain setting on your amp. You may find you get better tone with less gain and a higher volume setting. Nothing muddies up a sound like excessive gain.
01-11-2002, 10:22 PM
What?! Reduce Gain?! NEVER!!! Lol. Actually, I so rarely use much gain at all that I didn't even think of that possibility. Huge amounts of gain really do muddy up your tone, though some pickups handle it better than others. You might be surprised to hear how little gain musicians use; especially when recording. When heaps of gain is used, it is usually in conjunction with studio level compression and EQs, which enable metal artists to avoid the problems that yer average metalhead has to contend with.
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