Bridge Pick-up for Sustainer/Piezo Build

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  1. ElRay

    ElRay Mostly Harmless

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    I'm 99% sure my "next" series of mods will be adding piezo pick-ups and a sustainer to the old work-horse Revenger-7. So, I'm looking for bridge pick-up recommendations. Since it's going to drive (what will most likely be) a Sustainiac Stealth Pro-7, the following styles are instant NO-GOs:
    • Split/Offset design (G&L Commanche, Duncan Vintage Rails, etc.)
    • Lace Alumitones, Aluma Stealth, etc.
    • Neo-vin style noiseless single-coil (actually two three-pole single coil)
    • Black-Outs
    I'd like something with some descent (series/parallel/something else) tone options:
    • EMG 707/TW (especially with a EMG Tone Control)
    • Dimarzio Freds have been recommended for having different series/parallel sounds
    • I have a CrunchLab-7 that hasn't been installed yet. I've not seen any discussions on series vs parallel tones. That seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it pick-up.
    • Is there something like a Duncan P-Rails in a 7-string?
    I'm definitely thinking something more fusiony/jazzy/bluesey than distorted/meedley/chuggy.
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Does it have to be a humbucker?

    I BKP (I know, I know) has a 7-string P90 that's humbucker sized. I've heard great things. I try not to recommend stuff that I don't have personal experience with, but on paper it seems like it would do what you're looking for. I'm also GAS'n for one too to put in an Eastman.
     
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    I have a DiMarzio D-Sonic 7 feeding a Sustainiac Sustainer in my fretless 7 stringer. It works great... That guitar also has Graphtech Piezos, so it's all compatible...

    The sustainer doesn't work with the piezos, it needs to be fed by the D-Sonic, but it can be fed with either full humbucker or single coil (I think it is the blade coil at this moment), so I imagine that it will work well with a parallel wiring also.

    I suggest you to choose with your bridge pickup preferences in mind. Almost any AlNiCo or Ceramic passive humbucker will work fine. Neodimium loaded pickups don't work due to... ? so remove those QTuner pickups from the wish list...
     
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    I'm not planning on re-routing for a different-sized bridge pick-up route. The idea of a P90 is appealing ... Right now, I'd love something Filtertron-esque, but I've never seen these as a 7-string.
    That's the basic plan. I may go with a Fishman VS50 style Trem, but as of now, I'm leaning towards Graphtech.
    I may just start with the Crunchlab, because it's here.
    I'm not sure why neodymium would matter. That's not listed on Sustaniac's verboten list. Maybe it's the standing coils of the Q-Tuner?
     
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    The pickup I'm talking about is a P90 built into a 7-string humbucker housing for easy installation in a guitar already routed for a traditional humbucker.
     
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    I think I remember reading it on their site years ago, but it's been so long since then... maybe I'm wrong :shrug:
     
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    The "Neo-Vin model Neo-9 neodymium pickups" are on the No-Go list, because they look like, and are marketed like, a stacked-coil humbucker, but they're really a split-coil design wrapped in a single-coil package.

    Fishman Fluence used to be on the no-go list too, but they're off it now, so at one point, all neodymium pick-ups might have been on the list.
     
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