Every 30 years or so I like to change the pups on my guitars, whether they need it or not. Well, it’s that time again. The guitar in question is an Aria Pro II Titan Artist TA-100. It’s a semi-hollow body ES-335 clone, with a mahogany center block, ebony fingerboard, maple top+sycamore back/sides, and a brass nut. Made about 1980 or so. I’m playing through an old Yamaha G100-212 amp.
Anyway, I use it for everything from jazz melody/chords to fusion+rock leads, so I need it to be versatile. It currently has a DM SD in the bridge, and I think a DM Dual Sound in the neck (been 30 years, I forgot). Neither does it for me anymore. Sounds thin, no punch.
After reading pretty much all the forum topics regarding semi-hollows, ES-335 clones, etc., I see lots of recommendations for either 59s or Seths in both positions. I was going to go with 59s, but then I also noticed a lot of posters saying an Alnico 2 in the neck might be warmer+smoother, which is what I want. I also want a 4-wire option for tapping, so I don’t know if Seths are good for that. So, I’m leaning toward a 59 in the bridge and either a PG or A2P in the neck.
Does anyone have an opinion which one would sound best? Or can anyone suggest another combo?