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HS1 DN400
The HS1, an humbucker-sized, single-coil pickup on the DN400 Enlarge sprite

Other pickups made by Ibanez which don't belong to any regular line. Most of them are pickups from the late 80's, mid 90's and not much is known about them.

Some of them are very exclusive pickups which are found on non-standard series.

List of pickups

Old series

G104

G104
Brand:Ibanez
Model no.:G104
Construction:Humbucker
Position:Middle/ Neck
Magnet:Ceramic
Used in:AT200
Description:Single spaced humbucking pickup. Single-coil clarity with louder output.[1]


G109

G109
Brand:Ibanez
Model no.:G109
Construction:Humbucker
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Alnico
Used in:AT200
Description:Warm tone with rich sustain.[1]


HB2

HB2
Model no.:HB2
Construction:Humbucker
Position:Bridge
Description:Has one traditional coil and one with a blade. Can be found on the RG565
[It] delivers a "fat", harmonically active sound. The most powerful lead pickup in the American-Designed series.


SB1

SB1
Model no.:SB1
Construction:Humbucker
Position:Neck/ Middle
Description:A single-coil-sized humbucker, twin blade, which often comes along with the HB2 humbucker (see above). Can be used in the neck position, like the RG565 or in the middle and neck positions as seen on the RBM series (Reb Beach signatures), like the RBM1.


SB2

SB2
Model no.:SB2
Construction:Humbucker
Position:Neck/ Middle
Description:A single-coil-sized humbucker, twin blade like the SB1. Can be found in the neck/ mid position either with a SB1 in the bridge (on the 542R), or with Axis pickups in the bridge (on the FGM400, Frank Gambale's signature).


V6F

V6F
Model no.:V6F
Construction:Humbucker
Position:Neck/ Bridge
Description:Equips the RG1421F, both in the neck and bridge position.


Recent pickups

PP1-N, PP1-B
Model no.:PP1-N, PP1-B
Construction:Humbucker
Position:Neck/ Bridge
Description:Introduced in 2009, along with the new Darkstone series (see DN500). The PP1 were re-named CAP-PP1 in 2011.

The tube pole-piece construction of the new pickups designed for the Ibanez Darkstone offers quick response, sparkling clarity and added harmonics for a humbucker sound.
At the same time, humbucker-sized single-coil pickups were also introduced in the Darkstone series, the HS1 pickups (see below).


HS1
Model no.:HS1
Construction:Single coil
Position:Neck/ Bridge
Description:Humbucker-sized single-coil pickups introduced in 2009 in the Darkstone series, along with the PP1 pickups (see above). Only two models use the HS1, the DN400 and the DN600.
[They] produce loud and crunchy tones that cut through for hard rock and punk styles.


Classic Elite
Model no.:Classic Elite
Construction:Humbucker
Position:Neck/ Bridge
Magnet:Ceramic
Description:Introduced in 2014 in the Destroyer series. Only one model uses the Classic Elite pickups so far, the DT420. (other Destroyer models of the same year use a couple of DiMarzio Air Norton and DiMarzio The Tone Zone, to give a tone and mood reference).
[They] offer rich, nuanced tone with fat low-end..


Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 2004 Ibanez EU catalog, Hoshino Gakki, 2004.
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