I'm looking for a new bridge pickup for my RGT320. If you aren't familiar with this guitar, it's a neck-thru, so it has the 5-piece maple/wenge running all the way through, mahogany wings and a maple cap. I replaced the stock DiMarzio/IBZ pickups some time ago with a Crunch Lab/Liquifire setup.
I can't say enough good about the Liquifire, but the Crunch Lab isn't doing it for me. I actually really like the tight and pretty open bass and mids, but I find the treble sound horribly grating. I'm a big 80's rock/metal fan, so I always gravitate toward more classic PAF-type sounds. So I want to keep the nice, tight rhythm sounds of the Crunch Lab but also get something that sounds better up top. And I want something different than what I have. And it has to be DiMarzio because this guitar has direct mount pups.
Here's what I have:
PAF Pro - I have these in a few classic Jems and have always loved them.
FRED - I have this in a JS
and an RG. This might be my favorite bridge pickup. I love the way the harmonics pop out.
F2 - I also really love this pickup. I know it's often described as being like the Tone Zone, but I don't buy that.
Tone Zone - I don't really like this pickup. I think it sounds OK in the one guitar I have it in, but it's only because I don't want to molest the guitar. I think these ate horribly harsh sounding.
Norton - I have this in a mahogany J.Custom and like the sound of it quite a lot. I only wish it were more harmonic happy.
Duncan JB - Holy harmonics! That part is great but the overall sound is not as refined as some of the DiMarzio stuff.
There are a few others, but they're more of a "they come in that guitar" and aren't worth mentioning here.
Which brings me to the Breed. I like that it's described as a more modern PAF Pro, I like that it has alnico magnets, and i like that it's described as being harmonic happy. But the EQ curve has me a bit spooked. I don't like seeing the bass spiked like that and I'm worried that the pickup will be muddy and lack definition. But maybe I'm just being paranoid?
I know that's a lot to read but I'd really appreciate your thoughts!