Need a neck single coil with more output

Discussion in 'Pickups, Electronics & General Tech' started by Chewy5150, Oct 8, 2014.

  1. Chewy5150

    Chewy5150 SS.org Regular

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    Hey guys,

    I'm trying to find a new single coil neck pickup for my guitar.

    I play death metal mainly with this guitar, its an Ibanez Xiphos 27 fret tuned down to drop A# with 13-65 gauge strings. In the bridge I have a Bare Knuckle Aftermath. My rig is a Mesa Dual Rec boosted with a modded TS-9 with other various pedals and 2 2x12 custom cabs.

    What I'm looking for is a hum cancelling single coil with enough output for sustain and punchier notes for fluid leads/solos.

    I have in there now a Seymour YJM neck pickup but its not giving me the output I want and its giving me some honky lows that I disliked. Previously I used a BK Trilogy Suite and a Dimarzio Air Norton S. Both weren't what I was seeking.

    I've taken notice to a few Dimarzios like the Chopper and Fast Track 1 but don't wanna be disappointed in another lack of output pickup. I've also thought about maybe a bridge verison single coil but that worries me it may be too bulky in the lows.

    What would you suggest for my picky pickup issue? :lol:
     
  2. Veritech Zero

    Veritech Zero Jeffy Turbo

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    Hm... Your best bet may be a SD Blackout single coil, or possibly the hot rails. I find that blackouts are a little higher output overall though if you aren't opposed to using actives. I don't have a whole lot of experience with Dimarzios unfortunately, though I do have one guitar with a dimarzio chopper in the neck, and I would put the output close to an EMG SA, and slightly above the YJM set. But I feel that it doesn't retain all the awesome single coil solo characteristics. If more output is what you really need, then you can always try ordering a bridge pickup and put it into the neck as well.
     
  3. TemjinStrife

    TemjinStrife Power Metal Cellist

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    He won't want to use an active neck single coil as getting it to work alongside his passive bridge pickup will be a pain.

    Look into the Duncan Hot Rails. If the route is not triangular, then you may want to go with a DiMarzio Chopper or Fast Track.
     
  4. Chewy5150

    Chewy5150 SS.org Regular

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    I'll look more into Seymour Hot Rails. I'm not a fan of actives so I'm only looking for another passive replacement plus my bridge pup being passive as well.

    Has anyone had experience putting a bridge single coil in the neck? Do cleans still sound clean or would I have to give that up for more output?
     
  5. stevexc

    stevexc Contributor

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    I've got the Tele-voiced Hot Rails in my Tele - they slay. You won't be lacking output with one of those in neck.
     
  6. TheWarAgainstTime

    TheWarAgainstTime "TWAT" for short

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    Dimarzio Air Norton S
     
  7. Veritech Zero

    Veritech Zero Jeffy Turbo

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    eh, I threw it out there cause you didn't say either way haha. My suggestion then would be a Hot rails, I was playing mine side by side with the chopper a little while ago, and the Hot rails definitely had the chopper beat on output and tone imo.

    I've never put a bridge pickup in the neck before, but I have put neck pickups in the bridge before, and with excellent results. I'm more of a low output pickup kinda guy, so perhaps I'm not the best reference other than I've had a boat ton of different guitars and pickups over the years.
     
  8. Baelzebeard

    Baelzebeard Grinder of strings

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    You can temper the output of a hot (humbucker)neck pickup, and make it a little more single-coily for if you add a series/parralel switch if it's got four conductor wiring.
     
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    cult SS.org Regular

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    Bareknuckle Sinner?
    It's THE high output single coil
     
  10. gigawhat

    gigawhat All 6s and 7s

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    Dimarzio Injector.
     
  11. Colin Trainor

    Colin Trainor SS.org Regular

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    Well it seems like everyone has a different opinion, but I'll add mine. I have a Caparison Horus which is also a 27 fret guitar with a single coil in the neck position. I have used both a DiMarzio Tone Zone and Chopper and personally I prefer the Chopper. I have it paired with a Bare Knuckle War Pig and I find no lack of output when I switch to the Chopper for leads. It really "feels" like a humbucker and has a ton of sustain. The sustain and harmony overtones are where the pickup shines.

    A long while back I had a SD Hot rails in the mid position of an Ibanez RG and it was pretty damn hot. It didn't give me a great lead tone in the mid position but that's not a surprise. I'd have to imagine it would react very similarly to the DiMarzio Chopper in the neck position.
     
  12. Zhysick

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    You can go for a cheap GFS Lil'Killer. Is more or less like a Hot Rails of SD but with a bit more high end.

    You can choose the "level of output" (the DC Resistance to be correct) so... a 15K on the neck will be enough?

    PS: I LOVE the Lil'Killer of GFS more than diMarzio Choppers, Fast Track1, SD Hot rails and a few more... the only other single coil for neck that I like more than the GFS is the SD Quarter Pound but I cannot handle the "true single coil "hum.
     
  13. Toshiro

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    Dimarzio Fast Track 2. It's technically a bridge pickup, but it's output is more in line with a full sized, higher output, neck humbucker.
     
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    I would go with the Air Norton S
     
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    :agreed:
    I used to have mine in the neck paired with an x2n. It balanced nicely.
    Not the best for warm clean tones, but as a neck shredder it was very full and also still very cutting.
    In fact I found it to have more clarity than about any standard higher output neck-bucker.
     

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