Im currently using a stock RG570 and a MG30 marshall.
Im happy with the guitar itself, but i feel the stock pickups just dont cut it. Im after a very smooth lead tone, and somthing that i can play rythm on and not have a dry crunchy sound like my stock pickups.
For a while i was looking into getting some EMGs as i think thats a similar tone im after (lead wise), a nice smooth tone that will cut through everything, and some great plam mutted riffs etc.
But then i looked into Dimazio stuff and was quite taken on getting a Tone zone after hearing one and listening to some clips of them, and i was possibly thinking of combining it with somthing like a PAF Pro.
Now im not sure, im a bit of an indisicive person when it comes to stuff like this
the EMG's will be very suited to my Metal playing, yet there a lot more than the dimazios and are active so a bit more hassel installing.
Could you guys give me opinions on this please, what would be a better combo of pickups for mainly Metal, yet some nice smooth leads, ie Mr Vai.
Amp. Hmmm...this topic has been talked about so much, even so that some nice dude made a thead about all the major amps so that people could get a generall idea about them. But i need a bit more detailed advice.
I can only spend around £800 (and thats probably pushing it) so idealy id like to get somthing second hand as i could get somthing that might normally be out of my league if i as to buy new.
Now, im not all that sure as to what will suit my needs as i dont kno a great deal about amps and havnt tried out any really.
I generally play a lot of Metal, and Racer X type stuff, kinda heavy but not off the scale type stuff. And occasionally some Vai, Satch and the more melodic type of snitz.
I play mostly at home although im after an amp that i can play at small gigs, school, pubs etc. So i dont need a full stack, just maybe a head and a cab, or a nice combo. Somthing i can play at room level , yet crank up and play in a band situation.
If i had the money id probably go for a Mesa as pretty much all the music i like seems to be comming out of Mesa's
. Yet i dont have thousands to spend, and even second hand heads seem to much for me so i think thats mesa's out the picture.
Somthing with similar propities to a Mesa, high gain, smooth lead tone and somthing to really bring out the Metallica type palm mutted riffs
Opinions and advice would be great as im pretty much useless when it comes to equiptment.