need pickup choice help (singing leads, beautiful cleans)

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johnny shnizz
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hello there, fine folks. i want to pimp up my 6-string Ibanez and put in new pickups. it´ll be tuned to E standard and is supposed to accompany my new 7-string Ibanez, which is tuned to drop A. so this 6-string will be mostly used for leads and cleans. i´m looking for singing, liquid lead tones and clear, sparkly and rich cleans, both with the occasional edge to it. right now i have the Dimarzio Illuminator set on my watchlist. does anybody have any other recommendations?

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Well, I would recommend the Dimarzio Crunchlab/Liquifire set. I've put that one in my old starter Les Paul and even now I'm surprised how many tones I can get out of it. Especially if you put it in with a coil split Wink
I also used it in Standard tuning and everything sounded very clear. So it could be something for you as well.

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thanks for the input. i was actually holding out on the Crunchlab/Liquifire. i would rather put those into my 7-string Ibanez and i don´t really want the same pickups in two guitars. but i read the Illuminators are close to the CL/LF combo. so i´m thinking having two guitars with those sets might be a good overall combination.

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Nazgul/Sentient! Smile though I don't have personal experience with the sentient. I do know this combo is what Sithu uses in his Mayones 6 which he used for most of Andromeda. Been loving that album lately and he pretty much gets whatever lead tone he wants so...

Also John Browne uses this set as well for 7 string.

I use a Nazgul on my 7 (now with coil split Laughing out loud ) and I love it. It can be finicky at first but mainly on that low Ab so on a six string I'd imagine you'd have no issues. It's got rich low end and biting highs. Plenty of mids but not overdoing it like the Invader. My one qualm is it's not exactly the clearest sounding pickup but I still get away with some massive chords. Though if this will mainly be for leads I think you'd be good to go.

I like the Nazgul a bit more than the Pegasus just because the Pegasus seems almost weaker sounding. Granted it's lower output so that makes sense but I just need all the gain I guess.

I know you said you were thinking of coil splitting these and I must say the Nazgul sounds daaaaamn good split for cleans. Very pristine sounding. It's night and day going from humbucker to split tone-wise.

Let us know what you go with!

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I'm very much enjoying my Dimarzio Titans on a 6 string LTD. They seem very crisp, and almost glassy like a single coil, but still has that full humbuckerness (not a real word).

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thanks for the feedback, guys. right now i´m actually leaning towards the Air Norton / Tone Zone combo. i quite like what i hear from those on youtube demos. the Titans are a bit too modern sounding for what i want. guess i´ll keep the Illuminators as an option for my 7-string.

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