So it sounds like you enjoy the sound of a warmer pickup with responive mids, a smooth high end and booming bass?
I would agree with that. I mainly play thrash type metal with these two guitars... Megadeth, older Metallica, etc. For example the ending riff in For Whom the Bell Tolls, those power chords just sound so compressed and fizzy. I just don't like it, at all. With my Ibanez they sound great.
You are describing what every SD pickup sounds like to some extent, they definitely have an, umm.. *character. You either like it or you don't, you obviously don't.
Try some Dimarzios, or bare knuckles, or Gibsons, Bill Lawrence, you get the point. Pups have a HUGE amount to do with what you hear from the guitar, play around and find what works for you.
I think I will try some Dimarzios, I really hope this solves this problem but from what I have been reading, it should solve most of it.
Originally Posted by Death.by.G-string
You could start with putting the V6 in the Carvin and just try it out, see wat it sounds like.
Then you have something to go from.
You probably still want to go for a "warmer" sounding pu (then the V6)because of the maple and ash.
Well, the V3M is a really dark amp, so I don't need to go too warm I guess.
Any suggestions from anyone? I usually keep my Carvin in Eb or drop C# also. I was thinking something like an Evo2, CrunchLab or even Super Distortion for the bridge (my main concern). I also have another RG with an 81/85 set which I have the same problem, but it's not as bad. I think I will try D-Activators in that one eventually. You guys are making me feel better though, I was *this* close to putting the Carvin on Craigslist last night... I will at least try some Dimarzios first.