Pickup advice for J Custom
Hi everyone, I need some advice, insight, personal experience stories, etc. First off I have two "main" guitars I am using right now. The trusty Jem 7VWH and a 2013 J Custom (6 string). I have tried and tried and tried to like how the J Custom sounds, and though compared to most guitars it sounds really good, I can't help but feel that it sounds thin and weak compared to the Jem 7VWH.
I guess the J Custom has a great metal tone, but I'm not playing a whole lot of that these days, I'm more into rock, hard rock, and blues which the Jem 7VWH absolutely excels at. Now I know pickups and sounds can be subjective, but here is an example. I am playing a live set a couple weeks ago using the Jem as usual, for our last set I decide to bust out the J Custom just to get some live experience with it. I plug it in and the clean tone that sounded so rich and warm with the Jem sounds thin and crap with the J Custom, the difference wasnt subtle it was significant. That has been my experience with the guitar so far pretty much across the board. I don't think the fault lies in the guitar itself, its beautifully crafted and is practically a work of art. I think my problem is just the pickups. At first I thought they sounded good, but with every passing week I'm liking them less and less. It uses:
Dimarzio Air Norton in the Neck
Dimarzio True Velvet single coil middle
Dimarzio Tone Zone bridge
Now as we all know the Jem uses Evolution pickups. Here is my question. First for those of you that own J Customs, have you had similar problems with the pickups it came with? Secondly a part of me wants to just replace them with the same pickups that are in the Jem, but I'm afraid that will just lead to two guitars that sound almost identical which kind of defeats the purpose, I would rather they compliment each other as opposed to sound exactly alike. Any suggestions? Thanks so much for your time everyone, I respect everyone's opinion here very much!