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  • 7 String Pickups…What a headache

    Hi all,

    I wanted to vent for a second. It is such a nuisance how seven string pickups have no established parameters in terms of size. If your guitar came with pickups from one company and you want to switch to duncan or anything else you are going to have to rout the cavities. Want to go from passive Duncan’s to phase 2 actives? You gotta rout. Want to go to fishman classics to modern? Again the legs don’t fit. Gotta rout it out.

    I am not sure why there are no drop in replacements for seven strings like there are for six. I guess 7 strings are niche instruments so it€™s still a bit like the Wild West. Certainly wish there were more established parameters.


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    Last edited by Nsatke81; 01-14-2022, 12:56 PM.

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    One of the many things that hold no standards...like pickup wire colors. Annoying, but here we are.
    Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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    • #3
      I really don't like anything about a 7-string. I'd rather use a 6 for anything down to C. Below that I'd just go baritone.

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      • #4
        I once put Duncans in a seven and had to grind the ears down severely. The originals had been some kind of DiMarzio-sourced, and they were direct mount with tiny little side routes.
        Turn that frown upside down. You are among friends here.

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        • #5
          When I put my Dimarzio Dreamcatcher/Rainmaker combo on my Ibanez 7 string, it was quite challenging. I had to remove the springs and foam felt just so they could fit low enough. And I had to put one of them upside down because there was no way to fit the wiring unless I made a routing for the wire. But it did work in the end.




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          • #6
            ^^ Nice RG . Zebras lookin' good.

            Hmm, yeah, but this is mainly a problem if the pups are body mounted, no? If the guitar has rings or a pickguard stock, usually the pu routes accommodate most if not all things.
            Originally posted by dominus
            Your rant would sound better with an A8 magnet, it'll beef it up some without sacrificing some of the whine.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Ashurbanipal View Post
              ^^ Nice RG . Zebras lookin' good.

              Hmm, yeah, but this is mainly a problem if the pups are body mounted, no? If the guitar has rings or a pickguard stock, usually the pu routes accommodate most if not all things.

              Thanks! Here’s a full shot. Not a bad guitar for $500. And yeah the issue with those Dimarzio’s is direct-fitting them in a cavity. I had to drill out the holes to accept the sodden screws since they’re pre-drilled for machine screws for a ring or pick guard. Only thing is that I can’t adjust the height, but they do sound great.


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              • #8
                ^ What model is that Ibby?
                Turn that frown upside down. You are among friends here.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Little Pigbacon View Post
                  ^ What model is that Ibby?
                  RG 7421 sapphire blue.


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                  • #10
                    That is one of the reasons I don't like direct mount pickups (along with the cheap foam/springs under the pickups and wood that too easily strips out if you install/reinstall too often). I'd much rather have pickup rings or a pickguard mount.
                    I have used a dremel tool and cutting disk to angle the square legs of Duncan pickups for direct mount a few times. I'd rather do that than route the body wood.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 1neeto View Post

                      RG 7421 sapphire blue.


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                      Those are nice.
                      Turn that frown upside down. You are among friends here.

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                      • #12
                        Hm, seems like the more budget friendly Ibanez 7 strings are pretty good for the $$.

                        With the pups, yeah, one option is to install a pickguard and mount them on that, but not everyone's cup of tea, and if you have a figured top, you'd hide half of it.
                        Originally posted by dominus
                        Your rant would sound better with an A8 magnet, it'll beef it up some without sacrificing some of the whine.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Ashurbanipal View Post
                          Hm, seems like the more budget friendly Ibanez 7 strings are pretty good for the $$.

                          With the pups, yeah, one option is to install a pickguard and mount them on that, but not everyone's cup of tea, and if you have a figured top, you'd hide half of it.
                          I can only speak for mine, but yeah I agree. Even when I first bought it, I wasn’t expecting much, but it was a very nicely setup, and constructed instrument. Wasn’t a fan of the pickups from the get-go, but the guitar felt like it was worth at least 200 more bucks.

                          I made this after I installed the Dimarzio’s, I do ramble about the guitar a bit, but I also go through all the pickup switching options.

                          https://youtu.be/2aK4hxbIQuk


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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 1neeto View Post
                            When I put my Dimarzio Dreamcatcher/Rainmaker combo on my Ibanez 7 string, it was quite challenging. I had to remove the springs and foam felt just so they could fit low enough. And I had to put one of them upside down because there was no way to fit the wiring unless I made a routing for the wire. But it did work in the end.




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                            Those are some thick pickups. What do they sound like?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Demanic View Post
                              Those are some thick pickups. What do they sound like?

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                              I posted a video above. They sound great through my Mesa amp. Very defined and balanced especially the low notes.


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