Sunday, June 7, 2009

Top Shred Pickups

Guitars that are suited to shredding are often very comfortable to play. However, with attention being paid to the playability of the guitar, it is common for the tone of the guitar to be an afterthought. Choosing pickups for shredding is never easy, so I’ve compiled a list of some pickups suited for shred, as well as some info concerning each pickup’s tonal characteristics:

Seymour Duncan Custom – Perhaps the starting point for shred pickups. If you are upgrading form stock pickups for the first time, start here and decide what you do and don’t like for there. A good overall pickup.

Seymour Duncan JB – Great lead pickup. Perfect for the bridge position paired with a Jazz or 59 in the neck, or mix brands like Jason Becker and pair it with a Dimarzio PafPro in the neck. Some people say the JB is not suited to rhythm playing, though it has been used for that exact purpose on many records.
Seymour Duncan Full Shred - Unbelievable harmonics. Very distorted but stays clear, tight and focused.

Seymour Duncan Distortion – Lots of bite, lots of scream. The “Old Faithfull” of pickups in heavy music.

Seymour Duncan Blackouts – The latest in Seymour Duncan’s active range, these pickups are getting great reviews all over the place. They are hot and extremely quiet. Not really suited for blues playing as dynamics are lacking a bit, but they are very tight.

Dimarzio Evolutions - Amazingly articulate, quite fat, and they cut through the mix well. Great for single string playing as the sustain is insane. Chords stay clear, even with lots of distortion and it isn’t only for the Vai sound.

Dimarzio Super Distortion – Synonymous with the 80's metal sound, this pickup (like the Seymour Duncan Distortion) has a place in Hard Rock history. It is still a great pickup, and also a great place to start if you are upgrading for the first time.

Dimarzio D Sonic – Made with drop tunings in mind, the D Sonic is great for chugging away in C. However, it has a very balanced response for a high output pickup, and switching it around so that the bar is on the neck side makes the D sonic great for leads as well.

Dimarzio Tone Zone – This pickup is great for beefing up the tone in the bridge position. Shred orientated guitars are often cursed with a shrill sounding bridge pickup sound due to the thinner necks and bodies used, as well as the Floyd Rose (style) bridge units. The Tone Zone is “the” pickup to fatten up your bridge sound.

Dimarzio Paf Pro – This pickup burst onto the scene just as shredding started to take off. It compliments almost all of the pickups mentioned above in the neck position and is well suited to the bridge position if you aren’t looking for a high gain sound.

Bill Lawrence XL500 – This pickup has huge output, but retains dynamics, and has a massive amount of harmonics. It is used in many different scenarios, though it is best suited to shed styles.

EMG 81 – Made famous by pinch-harmonic-obsessed metalheads, this is the daddy of all active pick-ups. The EMG 81 has loads of sustain and top end sizzle. Although it is often slated for lacking dynamics, there is something indescribable that this pick-up has.

EMG 85 - The Alnico V magnets in the EMG 85 give it a warmer and slightly mellower tone than the 81 model. It works great in the neck position for blazing picking and sweeping runs.

This is by no means the list of all list for pickups, just some of the more popular choices for shredding.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

[B]NZBsRus.com[/B]
Lose Slow Downloads Using NZB Downloads You Can Swiftly Search Movies, Games, MP3 Singles, Applications and Download Them at Dashing Speeds

[URL=http://www.nzbsrus.com][B]NZB Search[/B][/URL]

Anonymous said...

Scrutinize Our Risqu‚ Prices at www.Pharmashack.com, The Imminent [b][url=http://www.pharmashack.com]Online Dispensary [/url][/b] To [url=http://www.pharmashack.com]Buy Viagra[/url] Online ! You Can also Foretell Cavernous Deals When You [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/cialis.html]Buy Cialis[/url] and When You You [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/levitra.html]Buy Levitra[/url] Online. We Also Assort a Ungainly Generic [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/phentermine.html]Phentermine[/url] On account of Your Intake ! We Manumit up Take-over splotch [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/viagra.html]Viagra[/url] and Also [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/generic_viagra.html]Generic Viagra[/url] !

Anonymous said...

one's sculler in in extinguished this without urge a deal with of correct to the incident that or drawback [url=http://www.casinoapart.com]casino[/url] perk at the chief executive officer [url=http://www.casinoapart.com]online casino[/url] handbook with 10's of redone [url=http://www.casinoapart.com]online casinos[/url]. evidence [url=http://www.casinoapart.com/articles/play-roulette.html]roulette[/url], [url=http://www.casinoapart.com/articles/play-slots.html]slots[/url] and [url=http://www.casinoapart.com/articles/play-baccarat.html]baccarat[/url] at this [url=http://www.casinoapart.com/articles/no-deposit-casinos.html]no forbear casino[/url] , www.casinoapart.com
the finest [url=http://de.casinoapart.com]casino[/url] with a sifting UK, german and all gargantuan the world. so in the course of the treatment of the unrivalled [url=http://es.casinoapart.com]casino en linea[/url] discontinuity us now.

Anonymous said...

Making money on the internet is easy in the undercover world of [URL=http://www.www.blackhatmoneymaker.com]blackhat hacking[/URL], You are far from alone if you have no clue about blackhat marketing. Blackhat marketing uses alternative or not-so-known ways to produce an income online.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Just came back here to remind you about Mobile Monopoly. This is a great technique and WILL make you money, especially seeing as you own a website. Take a quick look at the video, the strategy is about using Mobile Advertising which is fresh and an unexposed market where you can make thousands by doing hardly any work. I promise you that after you watch their short video it will change you and it will start making you think. http://mobile-mastermind.com

Anonymous said...

anfijjiis [url=http://ricostrong.net]Rico The Destroyer[/url]

Anonymous said...

Hey, This is a message to the website owner. Please check out my friends website, he is offering a very good service that you may be intrested in. Does your website gain hardly any visitors or not rank for keywords you want it to rank for with Google? Well he can help! He can provide you with tens of thousands of backlinks to your site! Take a quick look as im sure you will be intrested. http://hellomotow.net/backlinks/

viagra online said...

Hello, i think that this post is very good, i would like to read more about it

Anonymous said...

buy alprazolam online without prescription xanax 2mg price - xanax urine detection time

Anonymous said...


viagra, viagra,

http://www.instructables.com/member/bongo67inch

viagra, viagra,

http://www.streetstyle.com/forum/member.php?u=609910

viagra, viagra,

http://mojopages.com/user-profile/freddie-m/961532

viagra, viagra,

https://ioby.org/users/reasonnut8

viagra, viagra,

http://mubi.com/users/5422887

Anonymous said...

[url=http://onlinemedistore.com/products/provera.htm][img]http://onlinemedistore.com/1.jpg[/img][/url]
long term care pharmacy westwood new jersey http://onlinemedistore.com/products/retin-a-0-05-.htm university of waterloo pharmacy garden [url=http://onlinemedistore.com/products/lasuna.htm]online pharmacy raided[/url]
tony white pharmacy chemist http://onlinemedistore.com/products/lozol.htm drug pharmacy [url=http://onlinemedistore.com/products/grifulvin-v.htm]grifulvin v[/url]
turkey pharmacy http://onlinemedistore.com/products/confido.htm pharmacy association [url=http://onlinemedistore.com/categories/gastrointestinal.htm]fort worth pharmacy formulary[/url]
treasure coast pharmacy jensen beach http://onlinemedistore.com/products/erectalis.htm pharmacy technician mission statement [url=http://onlinemedistore.com/categories/pain-relief.htm]pain relief[/url]

Anonymous said...

[url=http://certifiedpharmacy.co.uk/products/levitra-super-active-plus.htm][img]http://onlinemedistore.com/4.jpg[/img][/url]
pharmacy systems http://certifiedpharmacy.co.uk/products/diclofenac-gel.htm pharmacy technition age limit [url=http://certifiedpharmacy.co.uk/products/ventolin.htm]online usa pharmacy[/url]
pharmacy sig codes http://certifiedpharmacy.co.uk/products/mevacor.htm erics pharmacy [url=http://certifiedpharmacy.co.uk/products/celexa.htm]celexa[/url]
specialty pharmacy houston http://certifiedpharmacy.co.uk/products/evecare.htm bontril online pharmacy [url=http://certifiedpharmacy.co.uk/products/ilosone.htm]apts pharmacy[/url]
responsibility of contracted licensed pharmacy issuing to ems http://certifiedpharmacy.co.uk/products/valtrex.htm easy to understand pharmacy information [url=http://certifiedpharmacy.co.uk/products/ranitidine.htm]ranitidine[/url]

Anonymous said...

[url=http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/zebeta.htm][img]http://onlinemedistore.com/6.jpg[/img][/url]
oregon state mandatory pharmacy technition certification http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/caverta.htm pharmacy recruiters [url=http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/remeron.htm]cvs pharmacy in milford oh[/url]
pharmacy drug store http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/topamax.htm dba parkside pharmacy santa monica ca [url=http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/aldactone.htm]aldactone[/url]
usn school of pharmacy http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/actonel.htm certification for pharmacy technician [url=http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/naprosyn.htm]associates degree pharmacy technology houston texas[/url]
andy nuton compounding pharmacy fayetteville nc http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/hard-on.htm online mexican pharmacys [url=http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/lotensin.htm]lotensin[/url]

Anonymous said...

Wow...remind me do not to encourage you over for dessert.

..

Also visit my web-site dating advice for guys

Anonymous said...

I've been surfing online greater than 3 hours nowadays, but I never discovered any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers made good content material as you probably did, the web will be a lot more helpful than ever before.

Also visit my webpage :: Http://Weroar.ws/

Anonymous said...

Good day! I know this is kinda off topic but I'd figured I'd ask.
Would you be interested in trading links
or maybe guest authoring a blog post or vice-versa?
My blog goes over a lot of the same topics as yours and I believe we could greatly benefit from each other.
If you're interested feel free to shoot me an email. I look forward to hearing from you! Great blog by the way!

my weblog lean muscle

Anonymous said...

Hi Dear, are you really visiting this website on a regular
basis, if so after that you will definitely get good knowledge.


Also visit my blog post; Related Home Page

Anonymous said...

instant chat dating sites http://loveepicentre.com/ free webcam dating
free online sex dating no emale [url=http://loveepicentre.com]patron saint dating[/url] html dating chat website
old school mc dating site [url=http://loveepicentre.com/]dating a virgin male[/url] harmony internet dating service [url=http://loveepicentre.com/user/single_jamie/]single_jamie[/url] mono and dating

Anonymous said...

You sound as in case you are havinf a paranoid reaction.
I've been eating 1 1/2 Tbls a day for over 3 years with zero side effects

my web blog: organic chia seeds gnc

Anonymous said...

I really appreciate this posting. I've been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness we found it on Bing. You have got created my personal time! Thank you once again!

Feel free to surf to my page ... make money home

Anonymous said...

When someone writes an post he/she keeps the idea of a user in his/her mind that how a user can
understand it. Thus that's why this paragraph is perfect. Thanks!

Feel free to visit my site - online marketing scams ()

Anonymous said...

I seldom comment, but I browsed some comments on this page "Top Shred Pickups".
I actually do have a few questions for you if it's okay. Is it just me or do some of the comments appear as if they are coming from brain dead people? :-P And, if you are posting at other places, I would like to keep up with you. Would you list of the complete urls of all your social community pages like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

Feel free to visit my blog: mouse click the next web site - -

Anonymous said...

Remarkable! Its genuinely amazing piece of writing, I have got much clear idea on the topic of
from this post.

My blog post: superior singing method

Anonymous said...

I read this paragraph fully regarding the difference of
latest and earlier technologies, it's remarkable article.

My page; http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/dr-drum-review-must-read-beat-maker-club-quality-even-for-newbies-252883.htm

Anonymous said...

ecigarette, electronic cigarettes, e cigarette, ecig, best electronic cigarette, smokeless cigarettes