Please, only qualified experts!
So, I have the following material to work with...
: Ibanez RG470 '97, made in Korea
: basswood (a huge probability is that the wood is of lesser quality, than on RG470's made in Japan)
: maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
: black, looks pretty thick and strong, probably polyurethane
Now the main stuff...
: Floyd Rose, ORIGINAL
: stock Ibanez, INF1, INFS1 i INF2.
As you can see, my guitar is not really the best material to make something out of it. But, I'm really defiant about this fact, and desperately want to make a decent guitar out of my RG, which can serve me in various situations. I'd like to get a best-possible-configuration, that is, to pull out a maximum from the given limitations.
The switch from terrible Lo-TRSII tremolo to Original Floyd Rose was unsurpassed, and the enhancement of the sound was at least 50%, with tons of sustain and tonal clarity. Now, the rest 50% of problem are terribly muddy and undefined stock pickups, especially for my intention to make a decent guitar out of this Ibby.
I've heard that DiMarzio
pickups are generally more sterile and even sounding, while Seymour Duncans's
are generally more warm and distinguished. But, I've also heard that SD's shed more light to the tonal quality of the guitar itself, namely the quality and type of wood, while DiMarzios are a bit less sensitive to that.
My styles of playing are not (as you could imagine by the type of guitar) metal or trash-metal, but rather classic rock, just a bit of old-school metal (early Maidens, Sabbath..), fusion, and also flirting with blues and jazz.
So, I'm asking you experts or experienced users, what PU's would you suggest to me?
Generally, I'm in quest for all-round sound, with emphasis on classic rock and NOT metal.
Thank you very much for any help!!