I can't believe I haven't seen this site before. It's amazing how much info it has that I've been looking for for a while. I'm a Music and Recording major in college, so right now I'm trying to learn as much as I can about the technical side of guitars as I'm learning theory.
I have an Ibanez S2170SE (Ebony S Prestige, which I can't stop playing
). I'm looking for a different sound than its stock pickups. I've only heard about the popular pickups that the big-name artists are using, like the Evo's, different EMG and Seymour Duncan, etc. My friends and I have tried out different pickups already, like Dimarzio Evolutions, D-Activators, then Seymour Duncan SH-8's, each getting closer to the sound I'm looking for - something that has deep lows and clean mid-highs.
I'm getting more into the tone and sound of the Japanese metal scene, and so far the sound that I'm striving to get out of my guitar is something like Deluhi and the GazettE.
Deluhi uses Seymour Duncan SH-14 Custom 5's and the Gazette uses "Seymour Duncan ANTIQUITY II Custom Bridge & SLSD-1b" which I think are Clapton's.
But my main concern is that my guitar tends to sound a little bit on the brighter end. I'm sure I'll be getting both pickups, but I'm looking for something that can compliment my prestige by giving it that deeper, "heavier" tone without compromising the clean, less-distorted, mids and highs.
Do you guys have any suggestions or opinions on what kind of pickups I should look at? Sadly the SH-14's and Antiquity's are only custom-order, so I can't really try them out at a guitar shop. I'll probably also be trying out Dimarzio's D-Activator X's and X2N's down the line, but as you know, a college student's wallet has its limits