Most versatile 8 string pickups

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  1. Ibzzus

    Ibzzus Jangle/shoegaze-core

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    Hey,

    I own a coil-tapped Carvin DC800. I am in a 6 string metal band and I am currently working on my own 8 string indie project as well (usually play with single coils on those songs). I don't want to limit myself to any genre so I need pickups that can do the same.

    The current Kiesel pickups are too shrill.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. GuitarBizarre

    GuitarBizarre Listen to physics.

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    You can EQ out too much treble, you can't EQ it back in.
     
  3. Haun

    Haun SS.org Regular

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    I've heard very good things about the dimarzio ionizers in that respect.
     
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    My experience tells me that for versatility one should look for a medium-high output pickup with balanced EQ, and then invest in creative wiring, meaning Coil Splits for North and South coils, Serial and Parallel wiring and eventually some out of phase switches to play with. The thing is that to have this on a guitar, there will be lots of switches.

    Depending on the control layout and pickup config, there are lots of cool solutions to choose from, either using toggle, blade or rotary switches + Push/pull pots and the likes...
     
  5. Ian_yay

    Ian_yay SS.org Regular

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    I would say dimarzio ionizers I have them now, and I think they're what you're looking for.
     
  6. asher

    asher So Did We

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    You'd be surprised (and probably put off by the price tag), but Lundgren M8s are actually extremely versatile and sound great split/tapped.
     
  7. jephjacques

    jephjacques BUTTS LOL

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    Ionizers, Lundgrens, and BKP Juggernauts are all very flexible pickups. Personally I think the Juggs have the best clean tones of the bunch but that's just my opinion.
     
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    Bearitone SS.org Regular

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    I love my M8's in my 8 string. Super Clear and sound great for cleans, especially when coil tapped.
     
  9. Zeno

    Zeno SZ Hunter

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    tone controls work wonders for shrill pickups, assuming your guitar has one
     
  10. canuck brian

    canuck brian Bowes Guitars Contributor

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    The Pegasus / Sentient combo is a proven win. It's also way less expensive than dropping a set of BK's or Lundgrens in there.
     
  11. Ben.Last

    Ben.Last Formerly Lern2Swim

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    I'll throw in a vote for PAFs or PAF style pickups.
     
  12. Rap Hat

    Rap Hat the:pawn.project

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    The Ionizers are pretty amazing, but I feel like they really shine best with the single coil. Afaik the SC is designed to enhance the split tone of the other pickups, and it really shines at that. The HBs are super versatile though, and a good choice.
     
  13. Grand Moff Tim

    Grand Moff Tim Some call me... Tim

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    Another vote for the Ionizers. I wasn't really expecting much when I ordered my TAM10, but I'm genuinely impressed by the range of tones I can get.
     
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    areyna21 SS.org Regular

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    I have ionizers as well and I find that they can do just about anything. The neck pickup is by far my favorite neck pickup I have ever tried. If your trying to do high gain stuff you might need a boost depending on the amp. Ionizers are very moderate output to me but with the right amp and boost sound good at high gain. I play a lot of touch style clean stuff and they work really well for that. All around they allow you a lot of versatility.
     
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    Another vote here for the Ionizers. They get some great humbucker and single coil sounds when you split them. Also the volume level and your playing style REALLY shine through with these things. Definitely worth the money for the setup.
     
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    jmeezle SS.org Regular

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    This.
     
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    mr_ormus777 Grey Alien

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    I have Ionizers in one of my DC800s and the sound great for anything including splits and clean
     
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    PAFs for sure. i use a PAF and Dactivator bridge in my 8's
     
  19. Alex Kenivel

    Alex Kenivel Stunt Guitar

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    I've the ionizers in my 7. I want them in my 8 now :lol:
     
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    I've got an M8 in one of my 8s and I absolutely love it! I actually want to put them in my other 8 and my Vader 7.
     

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