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    Default need help findin the right thrash pickups for my new ax

    I recently baught a ESP F-2E. it is a neck through with a mahogany body and was wondering which pick ups I should replace the stockers with. I would like to have the tone of early exodus and slayer..up to say demiricous..the stock pick ups just don't have that tone I need for crushing rhythm.

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    Default Re: need help findin the right thrash pickups for my new ax

    DiMarzio X2N for the bridge....nuff said!

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    No way, man. Get a PATB2 for the bridge and a PATB1 for the neck. You'll love it, I guarantee it. I just put those in my Ibanez and it's old school to the core. They work much better with the Floyd, too. The X2N is my favorite DiMarzio for metal, but it can't touch the PATB2 in a mahogany body. Any other wood and I might agree.

    With the PATB2 you'll get a full punch gain that cuts through anything and with the PATB1 you'll get nice bluesy leads like Gary Holt. If you really want to get technical, buy a Homebrew Electronics Power Screamer for your leads and you'll be set for anything.

    Also, welcome to the boards!

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    Default Re: need help findin the right thrash pickups for my new ax

    thanks guys your input is very appriciated! ill go ahead and check out that setup vespa. sounds like what im lookin for. once agIn thanks for the help

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    Quote Originally Posted by thrasher jake View Post
    thanks guys your input is very appriciated! ill go ahead and check out that setup vespa. sounds like what im lookin for. once agIn thanks for the help
    No problem man. If you want some sound samples, I'd be glad to oblige.

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    Blackouts sound great in mahogany.

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    Default Re: need help findin the right thrash pickups for my new ax

    Gary Holt from Exodus uses the SH-5 Custom. Early Slayer was Dimarzio Super Distortions. Of the Duncan pickups, the Custom is probably closest to this as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanumanlangur View Post
    Gary Holt from Exodus uses the SH-5 Custom. Early Slayer was Dimarzio Super Distortions. Of the Duncan pickups, the Custom is probably closest to this as well.
    It's good that some people know to reference Exodus when discussing thrash...to me Gary Holt is as equally important as Scott Ian and Kerry King....although I would venture to say that as a lead player Gary Holt was more technically proficient.

    Most of these guys (as with real players) know that the majority of the sound or tone is done so through the amp, and then of course how one plays. There is no magic pup that gets everybody the same sound...but I do notice subtle changes to tone with pup changes....what changes as a result is how I adjust the amp (pre amp) EQ and my picking.

    I went back to using a 59 with A8 mag and C8.....I can get what ever sound I want by adjusting the amp and my eq.
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    Default Re: need help findin the right thrash pickups for my new ax

    Custom, Distortion and PATB-2 will all be good for thrash, but they're a bit different, with the PATB-2 being most powerful, Custom being tightest, and DD having the most aggressive highs and crunchy tone. I'd recommend the Custom since it has quite strong low end and mids, cutting highs, aggressive tone, good for all thrash and other metal and rock styles as well, so you don't have to buy a new guitar immediately if you want to play something else. And I don't mean that the Custom would be a compromise.

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