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Vicious metal tone for your LP!
The Seymour Duncan LiveWire Metal humbucker pickup has a thick, screaming tone with mid-range punch that blows your hair back. Not a subtle pickup, but one that gets your point across loud and proud. Whole calibrated humbucker set (2).
Tons of mids, harmonics, and sustain combined with incredible output. Call or click to order now!
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Initially I couldn't find a schematic I liked, so I emailed SD and got exactly what I wanted in about a day. After I installed them, I was blown away. I've played Duncans for 15 yrs. and own Dimebuckers, Trembuckers, and Screamin Demons and this smokes 'em all. Even active EMG's are no match. Incredibly loud, all across the spectrum. Much flatter in EQ than the Dime's, and very musical sounding. The neck has somewhat of a single coil bite and better clean tone than I expected, but not great, and not nearly as loud as the bridge. The bridge is the beast of beasts. Super loud (18v), aggressive, tight, tons of chunk. Solos cut thru and sound bigger. Harmonics and sustain for divebombing beat even Bill Lawrence. For distortions, the tone is crushing. If hard rock, metal, or shred is your thing, you'll really dig these.
The Classic does do cleans, etc. but is rather low output. I'd rather it be at least be medium/high output to match better with the Metal because there is a big volume drop, especially when playing clean.The Metal is the most ridiculous pickup ever, I have an EMG 81 in another guitar and the Metal creates such a searing sound in comparison. Everything is louder, pinch harmonics jump out and are more vibrant, the bass is good, etc. The thing it excels with are palm mutes, creating the tightest I've ever heard. The best example of what it sounds like is Decapitated's newest CD, I play in A and it's as tight as their C# sound.Overall I love the Metal a lot, I got this set just because it came with 2 pickups so I wouldn't be missing one. The Classic is okay but it's not for what I want to use it for. I think SD should sell a set of 2 Metals and call it the metal set instead of this.
You wanna talk about LOUD!I put an 18 volt set of these into my Explorer, I actually had to turn the amp down! I mean these babies push so much headspace into your amp, you won't know what to do with it!Loud and very bright, I would put these into every guitar I own if I could only afford it.Highly recommended for metal and lead guitar.
They have great sound and minimal background sounds, but installation needs to be simpler. Overall a great package.
I have a Gibson SG Standard and the stock pickups forced it to sound fat and chunky, which I despise. I bought the set of LiveWires to put in it, and it is a Black Metal monster. The tone is still scorching and loud, but the crunch is razor-thin and amazing. King of pickups, hands down.
I researched all the pick-ups around and decided to go with this set. I Live for Metal. I had to have an active set because there is no other sound like it. This set has a classic pick-up for the neck for clean tones and a distortion pick-up (basically a mini distortion box)for the bridge. Both active. The set comes with the hardware to connect a volume control and a tone control to each pick-up( 4 total), but I just had volume control hooked up to each of mine because my Pro Beast only had 2 knobs to begin with and I didnt want any extra holes drilled, plus I never use tone control on my guitar, I control tone on my Metal Zone pedal. Leaving my amp on clean tone. You can still get clean tones by just using the neck and then switch back to metal by enabling the bridge pick-up again. And these sound so perfect together, struming one string sounds like a power cord or something almost. Best of all it only cost me $39.00 to have these installed by a Pro Hot Rod shop.
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