Please help with RG570 tone
So I picked up a 570 about a year ago and I'm really wanting to bring it out to gigs. I've got the Edge all sorted out, but the tone is dreck. I'm figgering it's the basswood body. There's no "life" in it. I replaced the bridge pickup with an SD JB, but it's still not there.
So I'm looking for suggestions on what to do with it, and where better than Jemsite for all my needs Ibanez?
I'll use the guitar in "regular" cover gigs; you know, the standard stuff from Matchbox 20 to RATM. I generally prefer the warmth of my PRS McCarty, with that fat and nasty mahogany tone, and if I could get the 570 close to that I'd really dig it. (Probably can only get "close" with a bolt-on, maple neck guitar anyway.)
Asking around and perusing this forum leads me to three conclusions:
1. Replace the body with a mahogany one (ala RG520)
2. Replace the pickups; but which ones?
3. Forget it and keep using the PRS
Like most of you guys, I really like the 570 neck. And why the hell CAN'T I play Rob Thomas on a shred machine?
I have no experience with DiMarzio pickups at all, but maybe a BREED in the bridge will help me out. Of course, I still need a neck and middle solution.