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    Default Anyone Playing Heavy Music with an Unoriented A5?

    I'm just curious if anyone is using this magnet in a pickup to play hard rock, punk, metal or whatever. It gets a lot of love here (and rightly so) but it seems to be mostly from the blues and classic rock side.

    Personally, I had one in a Custom in my Westone Thunder for a really long time and thoroughly enjoyed it. I play a little bit of everything really, but I use that guitar mostly for punk and hard rock.

    I may not be the best example, though. I generally gravitate towards lower output pickups and even when I play heavier styles, I usually don't use a tonne of gain.

    So, is anyone really rocking out with an unoriented mag?
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    Default Re: Anyone Playing Heavy Music with an Unoriented A5?

    Look for some of Frankinfilms clips. He has a few mastodon clips he made with a Custom UOA5.
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    Default Re: Anyone Playing Heavy Music with an Unoriented A5?

    I did for a little while in a custom . it had really good qualities but in the end just wasnt defined enough in the bass for chugging to my ear . sounded good for chugging sections but not great
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    Default Re: Anyone Playing Heavy Music with an Unoriented A5?

    can i ask why one would think that you could not get real heavy with that mag?
    I played a UOA5 JB and it had a mean A$$ tone for metal

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    Default Re: Anyone Playing Heavy Music with an Unoriented A5?

    Well yeah, Zeppelin is on the heavy side.
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    Default Re: Anyone Playing Heavy Music with an Unoriented A5?

    i go back and forth between A5U and A8 in my custom. i like both for almost every style.
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    Default Re: Anyone Playing Heavy Music with an Unoriented A5?

    In the right guitar/pickup the UOA5 slays. I have a very bright LP copy with a custom uoa5 in it. The ceramic was over the top, the UOA5 is perfect.

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    Default Re: Anyone Playing Heavy Music with an Unoriented A5?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Hunter View Post
    can i ask why one would think that you could not get real heavy with that mag?
    I played a UOA5 JB and it had a mean A$$ tone for metal
    Yeah, and marshalls turned to 10!

    Im soon going to order a zhangbucker with a UOA5. Ill see if it can do heavy. Though, the JBUOA5 sounds like it could be a hot ticket.
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    Here is the Custom Ceramic vs Custom UOA5 clip

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    I didn't keep it for long but the UOA5 JB was completely serviceable for what I do, I prefer it to a stock JB for sure.
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    Default Re: Anyone Playing Heavy Music with an Unoriented A5?

    yea the stock JB was pretty nutless. an A8 and UOA5 cured it somewhat, but i still like the custom5UO better.
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    Default Re: Anyone Playing Heavy Music with an Unoriented A5?

    Screamin Demon with an UOA5 is pretty radical.......

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    Default Re: Anyone Playing Heavy Music with an Unoriented A5?

    Considering one, or an A4, in the neck slot of my Explorer. The A5 that is in there is much better than the stock ceramic, but I'd like it to be a bit less "scooped" sounding. I'd like to add some mids, basically, and maybe tone down the highs a hair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Franknfilms View Post
    Here is the Custom Ceramic vs Custom UOA5 clip

    http://tonefinder.com/?section=id&value=11272
    Good clips! I like the Custom best, especially for that style of music. No surprise there for me really!

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    Default Re: Anyone Playing Heavy Music with an Unoriented A5?

    My Demon UOA5 sounds mean as hell.
    It is a bit round and spongy though, wouldn't use it for Meshuggah but for say Metallica it's pretty damn good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulcrusher_X View Post
    Yeah, and marshalls turned to 10!


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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsaBass View Post
    Considering one, or an A4, in the neck slot of my Explorer. The A5 that is in there is much better than the stock ceramic, but I'd like it to be a bit less "scooped" sounding. I'd like to add some mids, basically, and maybe tone down the highs a hair.
    Both A4 or UOA5 will do that, the UOA5 seems to have more give and is a little looser feeling to me, maybe more vintagey.
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    I play occasional Bad Religion covers and similar-sounding skate-punk "tons of power chords through a cranked marshall" stuff on my UOA5 BBpro...
    except it's a crunch box into DRRI. But yeah. it's great. I like the medium-low-output definition, with enough treble to make the occasional barre chord sound pretty thick and sizzley at once. The UOA5 put that sizzle in just right. The stock A5 was too bright, no bass. A2 was too soft to get enough attitude and gnarliness, and A8 was great but I wanted a more classic PAF voicing for other stuff I play. UOA5 was the ticket!
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    Quote Originally Posted by King IzzO))) View Post
    Both A4 or UOA5 will do that, the UOA5 seems to have more give and is a little looser feeling to me, maybe more vintagey.
    UOA5 is defintely more 'vintagey.'
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    Default Re: Anyone Playing Heavy Music with an Unoriented A5?

    Quote Originally Posted by blueman335 View Post
    UOA5 is defintely more 'vintagey.'
    Thanks for the info. I think the A4 sounds more up my alley for this particular guitar. I don't want the pickup to be much "looser," just a bit more midrangey. Plus, I already have the A4 on hand.
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    I do a few chord things, some crappy lead stuff, and then some rhythm stuff.

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