D-Activator/Pegasus/Other for JS22-7 (Bridge)

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  1. TidusX

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    Hi folks!

    So I'm thinking of upgrading my cheap JS22-7 a bit, since apparently the stock pickups are a bit microphonic and I can't control them very well.

    I have to say the pickup choice is appaling in its diversity! I'm thinking only the bridge pickup, but also accept suggestions for neck:

    - D-Activator 7;
    - Pegasus 7;

    I will be buying used if possible.

    The tone I'm looking for is more towards prog metal, and above all I want a tight low end and lots of clarity.

    Bear in mind that the guitar has a Poplar body and maple neck, so I don't know how that would influence the pickup choice... from what I understand, my guitar is towards the bright side.

    Thank you, cheers!
     
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    For me, that's exactly what the D-Activator does (I have it in my RG8). I guess it might be too bright for some's taste, but I personally love it.
    When recording, I noticed it had a bit less output than other humbuckers, but I think it's because it has less windings > less coil impedence > higher frequency peak before the HF cut. And it's a cermaic magnet. All in all a less "muddy" pick-up, but still has enough bass and mids to roar.
     
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    Thanks for the reply! Yeah, in my head the D-Activator would sound a bit too bright on my guitar, but I guess it could be tamed with amp eq (and post-eq, since this is only for recording at home).
     
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    The brightness of the guitar could have to do with the scale length. The RG8 I use it in is 27", it seems the JS22-7 has a 26,5" scale length so pretty close. Maybe using lighter string gauge > less tension could balance that a bit. Either using a light-heavy set or a light set of 6 + a heavy 7th or pick them individually. But yeah some proper EQ should work just fine.
     
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    Good advice, thanks! I already play on 9-46 + 66, so that should be good.
    BTW, what do you use as your neck pickup?
     
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    Yup, 9-46 is usually the light-heavy set.
    For the neck I also have the D-Activator, I basically got the set of Neck + Bridge pickups.
    Like the bridge one it's on the bright side, so you won't hear that warm full tone you'd get from say, a LiquiFire, but it's still quite nice for singing leads.
    I'm usually not too picky when it comes to neck pick-ups. To me, the nice sounds (actually the absence of higher order harmonics) come more from the position towards the strings.
     
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    The Pegasus is very bright (in a prescense more than treble sort of way, if that makes sense), dry, and articulate - I actually didn't like it very much since in the bridge I tend to like a lot of upper-midrange harmonic haze and a less clinical, open top end, but for what you're doing you might love it. Sort of a singlecoil-y vibe, for a humbucker. I loved the Sentient in the neck, however, for exactly the reasons I didn't like the Pegasus in the bridge.

    I did a comparison of the Sentient/Pegasus set in an alder bodied seven, compared to an Air Norton/Zone Zone and Jazz/Wolfetone rewound JB whicgh might help a little. At present I'm using a Sentient neck and Custom bridge, which is anpther pickup with a look here - very tight, punchy low end, but with a top end I get on with a lot better, that works surprisingly well for soloing as well as riffing.

     
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    Woo, nice man, thank you very much!

    The bridge sounds especially tight, which is what I wanted in the first place.

    Yesterday I bought a second-hand bridge D-Activator, should be here by the end of the week. Stoked!
     
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