Humbucker Modifications: Re-Animation of Ibanez V7
Last week one of my friends wife come back from US and brought some bar magnets to me. Hence i will able to apply them on some of my projects, at last.
First of all, i was not happy with the pickups of my last “new” guitar; Charvel Model A (made in Japan, 2002) which has Seymour Duncan Livewire Metal (LWM) set. They are truely “Take No Prisoners” kindo metal humbuckers and this is not my mentality. I love versatile humbuckers; pickups that you can control, alter, rule shortly by changing the switch position, by volume knob or even by your picking intensity, you know what i mean. Those LWM set is, on the other hand, awesome if you play in a death metal , black metal, doom, stoner rock kind of band. They are hot, in-your-face, way too powerful and can cut even the densist mix. Next thing you know, they are too compressed and dark for me. So i need to swap them. But what should i pick? I had some humbuckers which has a potential from my other guitars so i decided to use them instead of affording a new set.
The first pickup to use is the one that doesnt need manipulation is Gibson 490T. It actually is a bridge pickup and has around 8,5K dc resistance value and alnico 2 magnet. Kind of PAF. I decided to use it on the neck position. As a consequence i need slightly hotter humbucker than 490T for the bridge position.
Best option for me seemed Ibanez V7 that i had one from my 1992 RG550LTD. Anyone familiar to Ibanez RG guitars knows something about V7/V8 set, i think. Ibanez installs them on some of their flagship guitars like RG550s for years. And i literally don’t like them; not even a slightest. Because they are always TOO MUDDY for me. But i believed the potential of V7 as a bridge hb (just like V1). The data of the V1, V2 and V7, V8 can be presented here;