Dave I Posted May 26, 2008 Report Share Posted May 26, 2008 I had this great idea (to me at least) for a guitar. Basically a set-neck 24.75" scale SuperStrat. I am thinking an RG-shaped (or inspired-by) body, Mahogany with Maple Cap, Bubinga w/ Maple Striped neck, and Les Paul body thickness (and maybe similar body width). Not really a hybrid, just a LP shaped for better fret access and to kind of reflect my growing fondness for the shape of the RG and offering me the ability to do a pseudo warmer Strat thing and have the LP-on-Steroids in the bridge position for higher-gain stuff, with the obvious stronger attack and whatnot the EMGs would bring to the table. On to the pickups, and the point of this thread . . . I would like to make this an HSS pickup-configuration for use with a set of actives. I really want to try a set of EMG SLV's in the neck & mid position and some humbucker in the bridge. Essentially go from crystal clear w/ Strat-like quack for the neck a/o bridge pickups, then a nice sort of full rock/metal thing in the bridge. However, for the bridge I am not sure if I should give the EMG 85 a whirl (which would be a standard EMG Lukather pickup set), the EMG 81 (which seems to be their most popular bridge pickup), or do something like an 89/SLV/81TW HSH-setup (the 89 is an 85 with a coil-tap option for an SL and the 81TW is a coil-tappable 81). The last option seems the most diverse, however I just want to make sure the pickups (89 and 81TW) sound great in both modes, or if they are a compromise that sound alright in both modes but not spectacular. I am also curious if any of them are a better match for the rounder sound of a Gibsonesque scale than another. Any thoughts are welcome, and thanks in advance! -Cheers Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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