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"Versatile" pickups for my Ibanez Les Paul
« on: June 10, 2015, 09:18:25 AM »
Hey guys
I do have an Ibanez LP "lawsuit" model 2661 from about 1975
It got bolt on neck with rosewood fretboard  and a mahogany body.

Its got super 70s installed, that are great for rock, but I want:
- A tighter bridge pickup suitable for modern metal, that cleans up well with the volume knob to play rock, hard rock and clean ambient
-  the neck pickup should be somewhat brighter than a typical les paul neck pickup sound (which I do not like), perhaps be able to split coil it to be able to get some sort of "stratty" tones (if possible?)

I have looked at the holy diver calibrated set, and Bare knuckle support suggested Neck: riff raff and bridge : Cold Sweat or dual Cold Sweat

Based on my preference what do suggest?

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Re: "Versatile" pickups for my Ibanez Les Paul
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2015, 11:28:58 AM »
A Cold Sweat bridge will definitely give you the tightness you are looking for.

A Riff Raff neck could work with that well. A CS neck is not very bright but does sound very different from a 490R.

I think people have used Cold Sweat bridge with a Holy Diver neck with good results.  The HD neck is apparently fairly bright


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Re: "Versatile" pickups for my Ibanez Les Paul
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2015, 05:07:59 PM »
a calibrated cold sweat set should work just fine

that or a rebel yell set, if you want extra midrange
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