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You would absolutely hear a difference in the sound.

There's alot of controversial conversations about how guitars sound.

There are many who will say that the woods make up most the tones, and so a small extent I agree. Others will say that the pickups make up the make up the tones. This I lean more towards myself.

But everyone has there own story on their own experience. For example, an rg550 with rosewood fretboard and stock pickups sounds 90% the same to me as an rg550 with maple fretboard. The maple just makes it slightly brighter.

On the other hand, I have 2 Schecters that are the same but with different colors. Ones a red burst and one is a cherry red satin. Otherwise, they are both maple boards, mahogany body and neck, and figured maple tops.

The only difference is that 1 has Duncan invaders, the other has emgs.

The invader is very bright and growly, meanwhile the emgs are very bassy and digital.

Some may say it's cause it's active vs passive pickups but it still settles a point that there is a difference.

The Quantum pickups are very thin, very clear pickups with little to offer when you have heavy distortion.

As long as you found pickups you feel are the tone you are after, go for it.
Of course not every pickup sounds the same, and not ever pickup sounds the same in the same guitar.

But it should get you something closer to what you want.
 

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Well I never said that quantum pickups were bad.

Just that compared to other guitars I have they are thin.

Compared to say my rg550 from 87, the quantum pickups sound better in clean tones, but lack spunk with high gain.

With high gain, they sound ok, but they just don't impress me.
 

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That's true.
A set up can change the overall feel of the pickup.
More so like talking to someone in the same room as opposed to across the house.

The overall voice of the pickup will be about the same but it can sometimes make them more pleasant
 
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