Re: Budget replacement pickup suggestions for cheap RG
IMHO Carvin pickups suck. I had both a DMZ SD, a Bill Lawrence L500XL and the original Carvin C22B on my Carvin DC135. I immediately swapped out (and eventually sold) the C22B with a DMZ SD. I also had the L500XL for quite a long, finally put the DMZ SD back, and gave L500XL to my nephew. The difference in quality between the L500XL and DMZ was very small. The guitar sounded very close to Pantera with this pup. And it is also very cheap.
IMO some Asian makers like Artec, etc.. are ok pups but not on par with Bill Lawrence.