Help with new guitar or new pickups
First post so hopefully I'm following the etiquette here. I know there are a million what pickups/guitar should I get posts, but I think this one will hopefully help answer some questions that I have that while still subjective, may have more decisive answers/opinions.
I'm the proud owner of a S1220 Prestige I bought years ago. For whatever reason, mainly frustration, I quit messing with guitar for a long time. I'm self taught and really got boxed in with what I had learned and couldn't figure out how to break out of my tendencies. Fast forward to now and there's a million different free guitar lessons online and since I've picked it back up I've really enjoyed it.
I like late 80's and early 90's metal like Pantera and Sepultura, but like any guitar player, I play blues as well. If anyone has some recommendations on some current metal bands that would be cool as well as I haven't came across any that stand out since I've started back playing.
So here's my predicament. Since owning the S1220, I've never really bonded with it for a couple of reasons. One is I can't seem to get a metal tone out of it that I like. I feel like a pickup swap could solve this part. It still has the quantum's in it now, but they sound so muddy to me. I think I want a pickup with a really tight bottom end, but I don't know what I lose to gain that. I know there's always a trade off.
What pickups for a tight punchy bottom end?
My second issue is that even though the S1220 has this really comfortable design, I find it uncomfortable to rest my picking arm on the top back of the guitar. My dad let me borrow a strat and I'll be damned if it doesn't feel easier to pick due to being able to rest my arm on that nice sloped back corner that strats and RGs have. I also feel like I can kind of pinch the guitar between my arm and body anytime I need to move up and down the neck fast, so not only does it help with my picking hand control, it helps with keeping the guitar from moving around as much while I'm trying to play fast. I don't want to be the guy that blames poor technique on the guitar, but if it helps, then it helps right?
So then I must get an RG right? What kind? Does the body wood really matter on those? I've been looking at the RG652AHM with the ash body and maple neck, because I wonder if the lack of a punchy, tight bottom end on my S1220 is due to the open grain unlaquered mahogany? Mostly I think it's just finding the right pickups and amp combination so maybe the wood should be an afterthought and just get what I think looks the best. Dunno, should make some difference right?
So sorry for rambling first post. Lots of questions in here that I hope you guys can help with.
Thanks for reading!