I've read everything I could about this, but still can't make up my mind what to choose. I know it's been discussed before, but I just need to hear "choose this one, that's what you need".
This is my dilemma: I definetly want a A2PRO in the neck of my LP standard, but I don't know how to pair it. After a lot of reading, I decided that it was much better to choose a lo gain pup and get the OD from the amp than buying a high gain pup and losing the "mellowness" of a lo gain pup. So, '59/'59 and JB/'59 were not an option for me, and I narrowed it to these 3 combinations:
1) A2PRO (neck) / A2PRO (bridge)
2) A2PRO (neck) / CC (bridge)
3) A2PRO (neck) / PG (bridge)
They will be installed in my LP Standard (I believe I'm not the first one that uses one of these combinations in a LP ), and used for Hard Rock and some light heavy metal (amongst other quieter stuff).
But, this is what I see from what I could hear. CC sounds too dark, and PG too bright (perhaps more country than bluesy) for me. And A2PRO sounds just fine, but is it as good as it sounds? Is it really that good combination?
So, I have 3 questions,
a) Which combination should I choose? Considering I priorize warmer sound, clarity and beauty, and I think that if I ever want to sound trashier (megadeth, metallica), I could get an OD pedal, or get the dirtiness from my amp (this is just an idea, does it work that way?).
b) Aesthetical question: My LP is a Standard, black body, cream pickguard...would you say that black pickups without cover look better, or I just get the nickel-covered ones? I can't imagine my guitar with black pups, but perhaps you've already tried this and it looks 10,000 times better! And the third question is related to this one:
c) I know that the cover slightly modifies the tone of the guitar, but is it worth it to sacrifice the 'original' tone for better looks? Or is it so, that it is such a tinsy tone modification that one actually could choose the pup because of aesthetical reasons?
Thanks a lot!