I've got a 1986 Ibanez RG530 with passive pickups and Rosewood Fretboard. I differentiate because there is a RG600 that year (I had one at one time) with active pups and an Ebony FB)
I'd like to change the pups out. Now there's a big surprise, right?
The ones in there are... okay, but nothing spectacular... character, whatever you want to call it. I'm looking for a very smooth, musical tone that can be distorted fairly well. Actually, as I remember it (from ten years ago), I liked the sound of that RG600 with the actives a lot. And now... I thought I had everything figured out until I just saw some threads about Alnico II vs. Alnico V and about Basswood tending to be muddy in the mids and lows.
So... is my preconceived notion of an A2 in the neck and an A5 (for the "power" I thought) in the bridge, backwards?! Should I have the A5 in the neck to brighten up a muddy position and the A2 in the bridge to tame a bright position?
Also, should I lean towards a brighter pickup than I would normally (by listening to sound clips) since the Basswood will muddy it up some?
I had been thinking Pearly Gates (n) and JB (or maybe Custom 5) (b).
I'm still pretty new to all this. Just been lurking and playin' with numbers and sound clips for a while. Never actually swapped any out myself.