Forget about tightness. I need a bold, chunky bridge pickup

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  1. Lindmann

    Lindmann SS.org Rectangular

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    So here's the deal:

    I got a Tokai Love Rock which is intended to complement my LTD1000 with EMG 81s.
    The 81 is perfect for for 90% of the suff I play/record.
    But when it comes to slow-paced power chords, the 81 lacks low end.
    Right now I compensate this by using a multiband compressor on the low end like everybody does.
    But in the future I want to play those parts on the Tokai.

    So I am looking for a pickup that has a rather bold low end but still maintains a certain balace overall.
    What I mean by that is that I don't want a super bass heavy pickup that turns my signal into a fuzzy mess. I am not looking for a electric wizzard type of tone.

    Another thing is that I don't want to ruin the aesthetics of the guitar so I will only put pickups with chrome/silver/nickel covers in there. I know this is somewhat irrational but I want to preserve the look of the guitar. But I believe there are some pickups that offer such an option.

    tldr:
    - Mahagony, Les Paul shape
    - Looking for a chunky bridge pickup
    - Tighness is not required, but no fuzz-fest please
    - I don't care if active or passive
    - chrome/silver/nickel caps
     
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  2. Snarpaasi

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    I expect at least one will answer Duncan Custom SH-5, doesn't hurt much to try (apart from replacing active electronics). As a ceramic it has ballsy yet focused (not ultra tight) low end, slightly scooped mids and clear highs. Should complement EC-1000 well. I especially liked the low-end, but came to conclusion once again ceramics are not for me.
     
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    chunk = sd invader
     
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    budda Guiterrorizer Contributor

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    So you want a PAF?

    Try a SD '59 and go from there.
     
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    KnightBrolaire grossly incandescent

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    pretty tight and chunky: custom, custom5, distortion, black winters
    less tight but still chunky: super distortion 3, parallel axis distortion, invader

    I guess it depends exactly what you mean by "chunky" - if you mean a bumped up low end with a generally thicker more old school tone then I'd say super distortion 3 or parallel axis.
    If you just mean that there's a nice "chuuuunk" onomatopeia when you chug/palm mute, then the custom or black winters would be great for that. They both have nice meaty chugs.
     
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    eaeolian Pictures of guitars I don't even own anymore! Super Moderator

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    :agreed: They sound brutal in an LP, in all the right ways.
     
  7. HeHasTheJazzHands

    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    When I think of that, I think of the Invader or Super 3 as recommended above. What also comes to mind is the Tone Zone or Emg 85 or 58. A lot of the new DiMarzio sig pickups seem to be more low focused as well. The sonic ecstacy, Pandemonium, and Imperium, on paper, seem really chunky.

    And of course there's the classic Super Distortion. Lots of mids and lows, with a surprisingly bright high end.
     
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    From the ones I've tried myself I'd say the SD JB or the Dimarzio Tonezone. I know that the JB gets a bad rap for nasaly mids but it has quite a bit of a low end going there. It depends on how low you'll tune but these will fill up your sound without being too modern sounding and being tight but not surgically tight like the more modern pickups.
     
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    Another vote for the Custom here. It has a very tight low end, but not at the expense of the other frequencies. You can get one with a nickel cover, too.
     
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    Interesting, my Duncan JB is actually quite tight and focused in the low end in my ESP E-II Mystique.
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    My vote is for a Duncan Custom.
     
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    It's not a loose pickup but it's not that tight by todays standards. I don't find saggy either but it has a full sound and can sound more vintage than other pickups with the right settings.
     
  12. HeHasTheJazzHands

    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    The JB isn't tight, but there isn't a lot of low end. The Custom indeed has more low end and a slightly tighter sound.
     
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    What about a Gibson pickup?

    That's what a good percentage of that 80's stuff was probably played on originally.

    Also will fit well with the LP-type guitar, and definitely available with chrome covers
     
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    I mean, compared to an 81, pretty much any passive humbucker will be a step in the right direction. Custom could work, Suhr Aldrich gets a lot of love, even a JB might work well, though that one snarls a little more than the other two, IMO.
     
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  17. HeHasTheJazzHands

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    I didn't feel like the Aldrich had a lot of low end.

    If you want to go the b00tique route, I've heard the Tom Anderson H3's have plenty of low end.
     
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    Compared to an 81, though?
     
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    Just barely, I found. I feel like if you want chunky and bold, there's much better options.
     
  20. TheWarAgainstTime

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    I actually came in here thinking of the SH-5, but it seems most everyone has already spread the good news :lol: the alnico 5 version would be even warmer/fuller if you don't need quite the same amount of articulation as the regular ceramic offers.

    Honorable mentions go to the Tone Zone and Super Distortion.
     
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