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The Vintage/ Single pickups (V & S) are a line of magnetic pickups for solid body electric guitars that used in some Ibanez guitar models starting from the late 1970s.

List of pickups

Six string "V" pickups

V1

Vintage 1 / V1
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: IBZ V1
Part no.: YE112[1]
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Neck
Magnet: Alnico 5
DC resistance: 10.8KΩ
Used in: full list
Description: Neck humbucker usually paired with V2 in bridge. Slightly overwound for beefy, traditional rhythm sound.


V2

Ibanez has produced two seemingly unrelated pickups called the V2 (or V-2, Vintage 2, or Vintage II). The first of these was introduced in 1978 and used for a few years in various Artist, Destroyer and Roadstar models.

The second V2 was a neck pickup which was paired with the V1 in some of the early RG models.

V2 / V-2 / Vintage II FIRST version
Brand: Ibanez
Part no.: 3113CR (cream)/ 3113BK (black)
Year introduced: 1978
Discontinued: 1987
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Bridge/ neck
Wiring: 3 conductor
Used in: DT555, RS400
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Description: Hot, high-output humbucker.[2] Delivers a combination of high output and solid upper midrange response.[3] If hot is the way you like it, you're sure to like the V-2. The V-2 has extremely high output with reinforced upper midrange response. The V-2 is designed to be played wide open.[4] It was developed for Paul Stanley's PS10 and was said to mimic DiMarzio's Super Distortion.

This first version of the V2 was discontinued after 1987, which is the same year the second version was introduced. It's unclear if the two pickups share a similar design or specifications.
Vintage 2 / V2 SECOND version
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: IBZ V2
Part no.: YE114BK[1] (1990), 3PU1J1V2B2 (2003–2004), 3PU1J1V2B6 (2003–2004), 3PU00A0014 (2013)
Year introduced: 1987
Discontinued: 2013
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Bridge
Magnet: Alnico 5
DC resistance: 15.5KΩ
Used in: full list
Description: Bridge humbucker usually paired with V1 in neck. Even toned with tight leads. Smooth top-end and added sustain.

This second V2 pickup was offered on a variety of models from 1987 through 2004. It reappeared briefly in 2007–2008 and again in 2013 on reissues of the original RG550. It hasn't been used since 2013.

V3

Vintage 3
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: IBZ V3
Part no.: YE114[1]
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Neck
Magnet: Alnico 5
Used in: full list
Description: Neck humbucker usually paired with V4 in bridge.


V4

Vintage 4
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: V4
Part no.: YE115[1]
Year introduced: 1990
Discontinued: 1992
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Bridge
Magnet: Alnico 5
Used in: full list
Description: Bridge humbucker usually paired with V3 in neck.

V5

V5
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: V5
Part no.: YE107[5][1]
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Bridge/ neck
DC resistance: 16.5 KΩ
Resonant frequency: 5.25 kHz
Wiring: 4 conductor
Used in: RS440, DT250, DT350, others
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Description: Delivers powerful mid-range punch.[5] Arched bladed bar (58mm x 5mm) balances each string and eliminate volume deterioration caused by string bending. Powerful magnetic field enables marvelous sustain and high output. Wax potting results in a smooth and warm distortion.[6]

The V7 is a single-coil pickup with a similar design.


V6

Vintage 6
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: IBZ V6
Year introduced: 1992
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Bridge
Output: Medium output
Used in: full list
Description: Designed to work with S2 and S3 in SSH configuration. Even toned, bright, cutting lead humbucker. Medium output with complete clarity


V6F

V6F
Model no.: V6F
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Neck/ Bridge
Used in: RG1421F, others
Description:


V7 (single coil)

V7
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: YE155[5]
Construction: Single coil pickup
Position: Any
DC resistance: 3.91 KΩ
Resonant frequency: 6.15 kHz
Wiring: 2 conductor
Used in: RS430, full list
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Description: Delivers powerful, bright tone. 42 gauge wire.[5] Arched bladed bar (58mm x 5mm) balances each string and eliminate volume deterioration caused by string bending. Offers great lows and brilliant highs. Single-coil version of the V5 pickup.[7]

The V7T has identical internals as the V7 with a molded in-body direct mounting cover.[8]

This pickup is not related to the similarly named V7 humbucker.


V7T (single coil)

V7T
Brand: Ibanez
Construction: Single coil pickup
Position: Any
DC resistance: 3.91 KΩ
Resonant frequency: 6.15 kHz
Wiring: 2 conductor
Used in: RS230, RS240, others
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Description: The V7T has identical internals and specs as the V7, but with a special molded cover to allow for direct in-body mounting rather than mounting to a pickguard or pickup ring.[9]

This pickup is not related to the similarly named V7 humbucker.


V7 (humbucker)

Vintage 7
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: IBZ V7
Year introduced: 1992
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Neck
Magnet: Ceramic
DC resistance: 9.54K
Used in: full list
Description: Tight, but bright for a neck humbucker. Very dynamic for chording and rhythm.

Not to be confused with the single-coil blade pickup of the same name.


V8

Vintage 8
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: IBZ V8
Year introduced: 1992
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Bridge
Magnet: Alnico 5
DC resistance: 15.45K
Used in: full list
Description: Warm yet articulate lead pickup with enhanced overtones. Good harmonics without excessive brightness. Brighter than V2, not as bright as V6




Seven string "V" pickups

V77

Vintage 77 / V77 / V7-7
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: IBZ V77
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Neck
Magnet: Ceramic
Used in: full list
Description: V77/V87 custom designed pickups for down tuning. These pickups are specially designed for capturing more low-end by regenerating a wider tonal range. Instead of losing the low-end, they output it with rich, harmonic tone.


V87

Vintage 87 / V87 / V8-7
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: IBZ V87
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Bridge
Magnet: Ceramic
Used in: full list
Description: V77/V87 custom designed pickups for down tuning. These pickups are specially designed for capturing more low-end by regenerating a wider tonal range. Instead of losing the low-end, they output it with rich, harmonic tone.




Six string "S" pickups

S1

Single 1 / Super 8A
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: IBZ S1
Construction: Single coil
Position: Neck/ middle
Magnet: Alnico 5
DC resistance: 9.7K
Used in: S1 full list, Super 8A full list
Description: Traditional sounding, yet high output single coil with Alnico 5 polepieces for even string output. Designed to work with humbuckers in the split position. Its sound is described as "tight, but bright. Very dynamic for chording and rhythm."[10]

This pickup is referred to in some Japanese catalogs as the Super8A.


S2

Single 2
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: IBZ S2
Construction: Single coil
Position: Neck
Used in: full list
Description: Traditional sounding single coil calibrated for neck position.


S3

Single 3
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: IBZ S3
Construction: Single coil
Position: Mid
Used in: full list
Description: Traditional sounding single coil calibrated for mid position.


S4

Single 4
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: IBZ S4
Construction: Single coil
Position: Bridge
Used in: 430SII, others
Description: Traditional sounding single coil calibrated for bridge position.


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