Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Durham, England
Re: Need adivce CL/LF sounds terrible, Didn't like Paf7's either :(
Sounds like you're trying to reference a lot of different sounds here... I think you're going to need to think outside the box to get close here.. You like thrash, and a lot of this is in the bridge:
EMG 81, Duncan Blackouts Metal / Dave Mustaine Bridge, and Dimarzio Blackouts all have a slightly different take on this theme. (High output yes, but tried and tested). If you're against actives and pickups eq'd that same way, maybe think about a JB, or Alternative 8 - These both spec out to have more top end than most others.
For your middle:
Lace Sensor Golds get great vintage strat tone.. woody, quacky.. great for acoustic type stuff, and full of spank when you need it, Dimarzio Red / True Velvet are nice too. I've used a Cruiser bridge in the middle, and recommend it thoroughly! (250k pots - P90 vibe, 500k - True Single coil vibe). FS1 is great too, more muscular, closer to a PAF sound. A Duncan Little '59 is also a fantastic middle pickup. it's not as thick as its bigger brother, and again, is more like a P90. It gets great split sounds if you choose to use split coil wiring in positions 2 and 4.
For your neck, I would look at The Humbucker from Hell if you just can't get your neck to clean up. PAF Joes are absolutely WONDERFUL pickup there, as stated by others. It's probably the lowest output PAF pickup Dimarzio make, has all the cool fred vibes, and cancels less frequencies to allow lush strat style quack with the force of a 'bucker. Fantastic Split, Fantastic in parallel. One last suggestion is the Duncan Prails pickup. It's got four great configurations. True P90, Single coil Rail, Parallel humbucking across both coils and serial humbucking across both coils. This is in my opinion the most underrated and versatile pickup seymour duncan make.
If you do decide to mix Actives with passives, you'll be okay as long as you use separate volume pots, and match your pickup height.
Good luck, and I hope I've given you some good alternatives.
Last edited by SpikeSocietySucks; 02-28-2012 at 04:00 PM.