Hey all, so I have had my Mike Lipe Virtuoso Custom in for a few weeks now, and I have been going back forth between that and my customized Ibanez RG1570.
The Mike Lipe has a pickup in the bridge that is Alnico 2 and is roughly 9.7k. The Ibanez has a Dimarzio Norton, which is Alnico 5 and is roughly 14k.
I feel that the Lipe bridge sound is fuller, beefier and more present over all. While I am not the biggest fan of it for articulated chords under high gain and don't feel it is the best for muted work, it presents more than the Norton in the Ibanez. I just find it funny that the Norton is a hotter pickup, but less gain seems present when using the same amp settings and I go back and forth between guitars.
Am I wrong in thinking that the Alnico 2 would push the amp less than the Norton? Or do you think this difference is simply due to natural qualities of the acoustic spectrum being amplified, i.e., the Lipe is just a better sounding axe than the Ibanez an no matter what the pickup currently is, that axe will translate more of everything compared to a more dead sounding axe with a more prefered pickup?