Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northern California
Re: Help me choose pickups!
You could try the other main pickups in the passive realms, like Duncan.
I found them to be great all around pickups and lead could be a JB with '59 in neck. A stacked single coil can give you the middle pickup. Of course it won't sound the same as DiMarzio and Steve and Joe, but they are still very versatile. The setup may be considered a little anemic for metal but with the right amp and effects I don't think anybody will know the difference that you are using basically a classic 1970s Jeff Beck setup which was the hot rodded electric guitar sound of its day.
I sometimes find later setups like the hard core ceramic humbuckers, or overwound alnico humbuckers, found on many 80s/90s guitars a little harsh and midrangey, especially when clean. The versatility of the '59 which is just a tad hotter than a plain Jane PAF and the JB which is only a little hotter than that, make a good enough case for ramping it up while still keeping the sweet clean tones non-metal players like. The JB and '59 are about seventy bucks each. Having a JB/'59 combo will be just like a lot of guitars that find them as standard equipment right off the shelf, but being common doesn't make them bad. Another similar combo is the JB/Jazz where the Duncan Jazz, which is still perfectly suited for hard rock and another PAF variant, is a great and often common OEM combo.
If the JB is not quite aggressive enough, then you can try the Duncan Distortion which is still acceptable clean, too.
With the Duncan route, at least you are not going out on a limb financially and going with Fralins or Bare Knuckles.
Last edited by 63Blazer; 12-28-2013 at 06:34 AM.