Ideal pickup configuration - older 3120
Hi folks, I am looking for some advice.
I use a mesa boogie dual rec and my band plays metal. Guitar sound I am looking for is a big fat sound, I am the lone guitarist so I am willing to sacrifice lead tone for a big fat rhythm tone.
I currently have a Iceman 300 with a emg 85 in the bridge with a active pot (altho I am not sure what pot it is because it came with the guitar which I bought on evilbay). This iceman has basswood and it sounds very mean, the guys in the band love the sound of this setup, and it puts my Jap made Jackson Rhoads (with emg 81 bridge - popular body, neck through) to shame. If you go to myspace/genocidemx you can hear mp3s of our band, I used the dual rec/iceman for 99.9% of the guitars (minus one part that required a bar).
I am wanting to get a Ibanez RG and most likely going with a older 2002 3120RG. This guitar has Mahgony body and comes with a tone zone in neck and paf pro in the bridge. The place which I am am possibly buying this guitar also carries mesa boogie amps, which was cool because I got to hear how exactly it would sound with my setup at home. Here is the question. The sound was fablous but it sounded more like a lead guitarist setup, where the higher strings where very clear and articulate but the low thump (boof boof when doing a open E string) was missing. I missed around with the EQ to some degree and it made the sound more rythmish but it still had a "lead guitar sound".
What pickups would you suggest for a big fat rythm sound on a RG 3120 in conjunction with a MB dual rec. If it makes any difference we use a D-G-C-F-A-D tunning.