Which bridge pickup for Ibanez 540s7?

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  1. OwenD

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    Right now it's all stock with HSS Dimarzio Blaze. I am considering Seymour Duncan SH-5 Custom or a Lundgren The One 7.
    Anyone got an S series and what goes well in it? (Mahogany body, maple neck & rosewood board)
     
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    I am a big fan of the Custom (with any magnet swap), so that is always the one I choose.
     
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    The Custom is a wild beast , if the guitar is not bass heavy .
     
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    Custom is great for mahogany. has a lot of grind. If your guitars is darck acoustically, go for a JB or Distortion :yesway:
     
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    I had the 520ex which I guess is pretty similar. It sounded kinda thin to me,the SH-5 would probably thicken it up and add a nice crunch. But it's not super tight...an overdrive pedal can probably take care of that though.
     
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    The SH-5 is one if my favorite bridge pickups. I've used the 7 string version in a 7620 with good results and the 6 string version in a mahogany PRS Clint Lowery SE that sounded super chunky as well :metal:

    If your guitar is already naturally bassy, it may be a bit too round, though. In this case, I would check out the BKP Rebel Yell. It's a good bit brighter, but has excellent midrange cut, dynamics, and clarity in darker guitars. Plus it's alnico, so the top end isn't harsh or overbearing. The Dimarzio Evo7 is similar overall, but is tighter and has a bit more inherent aggression to it.
     
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    :agreed:

    The Custom in a mahogany guitar is generally a raging beast. ;)
     
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    Just thought i'd mention that not all mahogany guitars are the same.. so that whole "it should sound good cus it's mahogany" isn't always true... Lot's of things matter, scale length, tremolo, and in your case body thickness. Call me nuts but I think S series guitars are really thin sounding and kinda bright, so a chunky sounding pickup would probably thicken up your tone. Will it really get you the results you wont? Who knows.

    I'd keep the Blaze, i've heard lots of good things about it.
     
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    Thanks for the input guys!
    The Blaze isn't great, bit dull..
     
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    I've heard the Custom in one of these guitars before. Definitely has a nice "thickness" to it that the DiMarzios lacked in it.
     

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