I've got a new Les Paul Standard which I love. It came with those Gibson Burstbucker Pro Pickups. I tried it out one night at practice, and the pickups do sound pretty good, but my objection is that they sound too much like a vertical single coil. I have a Strat which has Dimarzio Area 61's in it, and all of us thought there was hardly any difference in sound between my Les Paul and my Strat.
First I'm gonna try putting in a Gibson 490r in the neck, and a 498t in the bridge. I think that will do it, but in case I'm wrong, what recommendations do you guys have?
Sonically, I'm looking for a classic Les Paul sound. Some nice chunk, but not too bassy. If possible, a pickup that can stand up and hold up well to heavy distortion without turning to mud.