First of all I want to say hello to everybody 'cause I'm new to this forum.
Recently, I bought a new guitar (the Ibanez s5470f Prestige) and now I'm looking for some new pickups (the stock ones are ok but not what I need).
It's an H-S-H configuration.
I use an ENGL Powerball. No effects except for a Dunlop Crybaby.
I'm in a band and we mostly play Metalcore, Thrash, Melodic Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Garage Rock and even some soulful ballads...
I'm looking for a bridge pickup that has a powerful and EXTREMELY ARTICULATE low-end, a good amount of mids for solos and a top end that cuts through. I need a crushing and extremely precise tone for the rythm work and a weeping, crying and screaming tone for the leads.
I'm stuck between the following 4 pickups for the bridge:
SH-5 Duncan Custom
SH-10 Full Shred
SH-6 Duncan Distortion
Of the 4, I already own the Dimebucker and the Duncan Distortion. Of the 2, the Dimebucker is my favourite because of the crushing low-end and the precision. But now i'm looking for something new.
The Full Shred seems to be the most precise bridge pickup from Seymour Duncan. So far so good. The only thing that disturbs me is the EQ-curve (4/4/8). It seems to be a very trebly pickup with a weak low end. I could compensate the lows with my ENGL but I'm not 100% sure... What experience do you guys have with it? Does it have enough lows for modern Metal?
And what about the SH-5? I heard it's a good and very popular pickup for Metal. It seems to have a very punchy low-end. But is it precise enough to handle extremly fast staccato riffs under tons of gain? And does it have a good lead tone that would suit my needs?
What suggestions do you have?
for your help!