Re: Would a pickup upgrade made any sense in this case?
The reason why I asked, is that I thought a pickup swap would mainly make sense if I would play through a real amp, especially live on stage (desired feedback, etc...). But in my case I am only playing at normal or low level in my room.
My old Ibanez with supposed higher quality DiMarzio Air Norton and Steve's Special (JPM-like) sounds pretty much the same. Maybe a little bit more power, but it is barely noticable. Of course, the sound is a bit different. But I am really surprised, how small the difference is. When I read all the reviews about the S570DXQM and the first thing they do is upgrading the pickups, I thought boy, they must be bad.
Well, I suspect the difference would be bigger, if I would play through an amp at a more live like volume. Am I right?
Overall I am quite satisfied with the sound. But, I wouldn't be against more punch in general, and some more warmth and deepness for the neck pickup. The difference between the neck and bridge sound could be bigger for my taste. But that wasn't even the case with the DiMarzio PUs. So I guess it is not the pickups fault?
I edited my first post with more info.