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    I though Dimarzio made IBZ pickups for Ibanez.

    I sent Dimarzio and email and they said they don't design or manufacture IBZ pickups.

    So who makes IBZ pickups?
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    A deaf man in a cave just outside of Pyongyang, who doesn't know what a guitar looks like sounds like.

    The worst thing about any Ibanez that has them, although some like them....but then some people drink Campari too
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    • #3
      I got an RGA42FM and was expecting horrible pickups. They're actually not bad. Compared them side by side with the 81's. The LZ model had higher output and not as tight. 81's are super tight so they make almost any pickup sound loose.I got an RGA42FM and was expecting horrible pickups. They're actually not bad. Compared them side by side with the 81's. The LZ model had higher output and not as tight. 81's are super tight so they make almost any pickup sound loose.

      I'm running them through a Savage. Will have to give it more time to see how I like them...'m running them through a Savage. Will have to give it more time to see how I like them...
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      • #4
        I think the ones that come on the lower end RG models are pretty blah. But I did pick up a 1988 rg550 and I'm liking all three pickups. I had an original Jet King and I thought those pickups where nice as well. Can't speak for who designed any of them though.
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        • #5
          I picked up one off EBay and stuck it in one of my builds.
          its actually a pretty good pickup for tone. I'm trying to remember the
          type, I think it was a V2 or S2 stamped on there. They get a pretty good resale price
          on them. I just checked EBay now and out of the fre hundred there I didnt see the one I have.

          Both Dimarzio and EMG's get installed in Ibanez models but I think Ibanez makes their own
          pickups for their other guitars.

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          • #6
            Dimarzio made the IBZ pickups in the 80s and 90s and maybe later. not sure when they stopped. Probably when Ibanez starting making some products in korea?
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            • #7
              I have Dimarzio IBZ and like them. They say Dimarzio right on them. There website says that they make them http://www.dimarzio.com/faq/dimarzio-ibz-pickups

              I think you were talking to an idiot. They came on the higher end prestige guitars

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              • #8
                I'm guessing a lot of people in this thread are confusing IBZ and INF pickups.
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                Originally Posted by RaVenCAD


                I'll be the first to admit that I can say some pretty stupid stuff.. Some a-hole is gonna sig that, but I don't care..

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                • #9
                  I got an RGA42FM and was expecting horrible pickups. They're actually not bad. Compared them side by side with the 81's. The LZ model had higher output and not as tight. 81's are super tight so they make almost any pickup sound loose.I got an RGA42FM and was expecting horrible pickups. They're actually not bad. Compared them side by side with the 81's. The LZ model had higher output and not as tight. 81's are super tight so they make almost any pickup sound loose.

                  I'm running them through a Savage. Will have to give it more time to see how I like them...'m running them through a Savage. Will have to give it more time to see how I like them...
                  I think you left your DelayLock button on

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                  • #10
                    http://ibanez.wikia.com/wiki/DiMarzio_IBZ_pickups
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                    • #11
                      I got an RGA42FM and was expecting horrible pickups. They're actually not bad.


                      RGA42FM doesn't come with IBZ pickups.

                      Could you elaborate a little? I'm still pretty sure the confusion is the pickups you have are not IBZs, not that Dimarzio does not make or design the IBZ pickups. Not all Ibanez pickups are IBZ. There are INF, and I believe your guitar has LZ pickups in it. These are not IBZ, and thus are not made by Dimarzio.
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                      Originally Posted by RaVenCAD


                      I'll be the first to admit that I can say some pretty stupid stuff.. Some a-hole is gonna sig that, but I don't care..

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                      • #12
                        RGA42FM doesn't come with IBZ pickups.

                        Could you elaborate a little? I'm still pretty sure the confusion is the pickups you have are not IBZs, not that Dimarzio does not make or design the IBZ pickups. Not all Ibanez pickups are IBZ. There are INF, and I believe your guitar has LZ pickups in it. These are not IBZ, and thus are not made by Dimarzio.


                        " features IBZ Lo-Z active pickups with an active mid-cut EQ switch."

                        Heres the link:

                        http://www.zzounds.com/item--IBARGA42FM
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                        • #13
                          " features IBZ Lo-Z active pickups with an active mid-cut EQ switch."

                          Heres the link:

                          http://www.zzounds.com/item--IBARGA42FM




                          Gotcha.

                          Those aren't made by Dimarzio.

                          The Dimarzio/IBZ pickups are a passive line made by Dimarzio for Ibanez. The active LoZ series are not made by Dimarzio, which is probably what they were trying to say in the email. Dimarzio DO make the IBZ pickups found in some of the more expensive RG and S models.

                          Keep in mind though, even the ones made by Dimarzio aren't widely known for sounding amazing. Much like Duncan Designed pickups used by Jackson, many Ibanez owners prefer real Dimarzio tones over the Dim/IBZ pickups. It's really a matter of taste.
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                          Originally Posted by RaVenCAD


                          I'll be the first to admit that I can say some pretty stupid stuff.. Some a-hole is gonna sig that, but I don't care..

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                          • #14
                            One of my SZ's had Duncan/Ibanez pickups but judging by how they sounded, were asian duncans (duncan designed).
                            One MIA Fender Strat, one Gibson Les Paul, one Martin Acoustic, what more do you need?

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                            • #15
                              The IBZUSA F1/F2 pickups in my old S540LTD are so good that I'm not throwing in the set of Evolutions I've had sitting around for ages.

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