Also, for those still keeping track, you'll likely hear that main riff used at some point in the album I'm working on. Likely with better drum work under it.
The Ibanez originally had the V8 stock pickup in the bridge, which sounded like air. Horrible distorted tone. Now it's sporting an X2N. My one complaint with it has always been that there's an inherent harshness to the X2N. Now, I like a touch of harsh to give some edge, but it's sometimes hard to work around just how much edge the X2N provides. I'd always thought it was too harsh on the top end. Now, actually comparing it directly in the same situation, I think it's actually too harsh on the low end.
Keep in mind that all four "patches" used to record the guitar tracks above (four per side per "song") were originally set up for the Ibanez over a several day period, so it may be at a slight advantage here.
Still, there's a muddiness in the Ibanez clip that's not there in the Schecter one.
The Schecter is running some sort of EMG with a gold label in the bridge. Once I rip her open and look at the back side I'll probably be able to tell what it is.
In individual takes the obvious difference is the Ibanez sounds bigger. Almost like it has a built in boost of some sort. You'd think an active pickup would kick over a passive, but not in this case I guess. All together, the eight takes of the Schecter sounds clearer and more even across the spectrum that should be dominated by the guitar, while the Ibanez almost seems to be stepping into other ranges even though it's got cuts on both the top and the bottom in the mix.
Anyway, that'll likely be the last clip of the newb you'll get for a while as I'll start tearing it down tomorrow or Saturday. Hope I don't have to replace enough of the electronics to change the basic sound. It's a nice counterpoint to the Ibanez and I think experimentation between the two will lead to a better overall mix in the end.
Enjoy the clips.
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