Thanks for uploading the sound clip videos.
I'm not a big fan of modern metal and really cant stand the downtuned djent stuff so i'm not looking for a pickup for those styles. I'm more like you and prefer the old school 80's power, heavy, and thrash metal. I've also been getting back into classic rock (ac/dc, boc, nazereth, etc). Pretty much all my guitars pickup wise are set for playing metal and i dont have much to cover that good classic rock sound. I've heard good things about the pickups i mentioned but have never heard them and don't have much knowledge of them.
So yeah the videos you posted were really helpful.
The super 58 sounded pretty good for a paf type pickup. It sounded like it has alot less output than i'm used to but not in a bad way. Is the bridge pickup in that guitar a super 58 or only the neck pickup?
I really liked the sound of the V5's. From the quick clip it sounded like it could be very versatile; enough output to be able to cover metal but not too much to be too hot for rock. It seemed to have a good mid range punch too. I don't suppose you know the actual output levels or magnet types do you?
Output and magnet types I have no idea
I just listen and if my ears like them, that's good enough for me
The Roadcore bridge pickup is the Core Tone, a new Ibanez-made pickup. I like it A LOT for all the types of music I play. It's a little higher output than the Super 58 but it's a very clear sounding pickup. I think it's a little aggressive to be combined with the super 58, but I found a nice height balance that works great to balance the sound of both pickups.
I LOVE the V5s. In terms of all the vintage pickups i've tried on Ibanezes, these have grown on me more than the Super 58 tbh. they have a little more punch and aren't as PAF-sounding, but aren't insane high output either. I'm surprised people aren't clamoring for these like they do with the V1/V2s. I know the V1/V2s are hotter than the V5s, but the V5s have a sweet spot that just sounds so great.
TBH, I'm honestly conflicted every morning when I practice: Do I play on of my awesome rare RGs, my DT355, or my Carvin. Too many amazing guitars to choose from. Recently it's been a lot of back and forth between the V1/V2 equipped RG5000, my Carvin JB200, and the DT355.
If you want to get your hands on some V5s, I think some of the early roadstars had them stock (Roadstars ith the pro rock'r bridge, i.e. RS400). They are MUCH easier to find than Destroyers from that era, and my particular destroyer is even harder to find