What pickups are good for hi gain tone like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7Mhay2-I5I
What pickups are good for clean vintage tone like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBttywfQIG4
Do they have to be Gibson pickups? 57 Classics would be good if it must be Gibson ones.
I suppose I don't need to get Gibson pickups. Only reason I want gibson is because they get 5 star ratings & they sound great in a gibson explorer but i don't make enough to save up or shell out $1500-$2000 right now. So I went with the closest guitar I could find and that was the (1984 ebony epiphone explorer ex) that comes with stock emg's.
I figured I could get the same tone if not close to it on the cheap since both "were originally introduced in 1958 with glued-in set necks, fixed bridges, solid mahogany bodies w/ same shape and weight, mahogany necks, rose wood fretboards, locktone tune o matic bridges, lock tone tailpieces and the only thing missing really is the gibson humbucker but everything else is practically the same.
I'm fully aware that mahogany bodies especially the bigger they are the better sounding the guitar will be but only if the pickup allows the sound of the guitar/TONE WOOD to sing. Emg's from what I've heard cut the sound of everything from the equation and only give you the sound of the pickups which seems to defeat the purpose of having a mahogany body with a large shape in the first place. Plus the thing is made for sustain being a fixed bridge. So why the EMG's? Bad decision on their part I think. They could have put those pickups in a crap guitar and got the same sound. It makes no sense. Now I have to remove them.
The floating Trem on my RG Series sucks so much tone in comparison with every other guitar that has a fixed bridge. I even pulled a different floating trem guitar off the wall at a music shop to see if the floating trem was the culprit and sure enough THE SAME STERILE SOUND!
I don't want to just get half way sounding like a gibson. I want to get (very close on command)
But I want it to be versatile so I can play punk & other forms of metal just by dialing in a different tone with eq sometimes scooping and boosting the mids but without sounding harsh or dead. I want harmonics to jump off the fretboard with WARM articulation NOT scratchy definition that sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard. I want organic tone that is pleasing to the ears even with high gain.
Clean tones need to be like Pink Floyd. High gain needs to be like Black Sabbath.
since you said you want "not harsh" and "not brite", I would scratch 500T off your list. That pup is way high output and has a lot of treble bite, especially going into a basswood git like an rg. I tried one myself in the bridge of my RG and it was too much
I won't be ordering the 500t then because everyone says the same thing "annoying scratchy hi's" I absolutely hate treble bite. I have to use a TS9 with a Compressor/Sustainer just to tame down the hi end of my rig or else the metal zone sounds like an ice pick stabbing me in both ears at once. I suppose a medium to low output humbucker is what I'm looking for. I might even have to change my Vol Pot to 250K if the Epiphone explorer with better pickups won't do the job on its own.
If Dimarzio or Seymour Duncan can pull off what I'm looking for on the cheap, I'll stop obsessing over Gibson. Please help.