90s Ibby NGD / PUP Advice Needed

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  1. ToneLab

    ToneLab Bedroom Playa

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    This is a special one for me. I bought a 93 Ibby S540JM new in 93 and it was my exclusive guitar until 2012. I wasn't playing much in that time but it was in mint condition. As I got back into playing guitar again in 2012 I went on a tear of buying and selling guitars, trying new things and always hunting "for the one". As I started buying guitars I quickly sold the S540, assuming it just couldn't stand up to new guitars. I came to deeply regret that decision. Ever since I have had my eye out for that guitar but every one I came across was too beat up for me. I finally found this one this week. The OL version. 93 as well. Great condition for its age or any age. Really pleased with this find!

    I want to upgrade the pups and need a recommendation. I'm a Dimarzio fan and my favorite is D'Activator/Liquifire in a basswood RG. I'm hit or miss on matching Mahogany though. This guitar is for 80s to current neo and shred. Focus is solely on expressive/dynamic/fluid lead tone. Please let me know your thoughts for bridge/middle/neck. Thank you!

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  2. Robotechnology

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    I think the Air Norton/Tone Zone would do nicely for lead tones. That’s what I have in most of my Ibanez models.
     
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    MatiasTolkki Burn In Agony

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    If you want Dimarzios, LEAVE THE PUPS IN. The IBZ USAs are dimarzios and voiced slightly differently than standard dimarzios.
     
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    Congrats! I'm always on the lookout for one that hasn't been beat to death as well. I concur with Matias, the F series pickups are great, pretty bright sounding to my ears and a good complement to the mahogany body.
     
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    MatiasTolkki Burn In Agony

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    I really like the F series pups, especially the F2 and F4. They are unique and totally different than any of the other Dimarzio pups out there.

    I had OG IBZ USA pups (pre-F series) in my 88 750 (I sold it so I could get a Charvel CRR-068, which is far rarer). They were VERY different than even the F series and while I like them, I didnt have a guitar to move them to :/
     
  6. Dawn of the Shred

    Dawn of the Shred Blackest of the Black Metal

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    Congrats and HNGD!!

    I would but Black Winters in it.
     
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    I Love the Crunch Lab and Liqui fire combo, I also have Tonezone and Airnorton combo in a few guitars, I also like the Mojo and Fred. Might be worth hitting DiMarzio up with your guitar spec and ask for a few suggestions, they have always been really good at getting back to me!

    And happy NGD!!
     

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