I'm looking for a good passive pickup to put into an Ibanez S420 (ZR2 locking trem, mahogany body, locking nut, thin maple neck with rosewood fretboard.)
My setup is Guitar > Ibanez TS9 > Boss NS2 > Peavey Valveking tube halfstack. (and then delay and verb in the fx loop).
I play mostly modern metal (like As I Lay Dying, August Burns Red, Destroy the Runner, The Human Abstract, Mastodon, Parkway Drive, Silent Civilian, Unearth, etc.) and really liked the sound I got from my RG with EMG 81/85 combo, but can't fit the battery into the ibanez s series control cavity, so I'm looking for something similar, but passive.
I like the fast attack, and high output of the EMGs, articulate and powerful sounding. I've heard good things about Barenuckle pickups, as well as Dimarzio X2N, Super Distortion, and D-Activators, but have no experience with them (and don't want to spend the money trying them out). If anyone has experience with what I'm looking for, please let me know what you think. I don't have a brand preference, so lets hear some opinions!
Oh, and my Duncan JB almost cuts it, but just doesn't attack quite as fast as I want. What about a Dimebucker, or Polar Axis Trembucker Distortion PATB-2? Duncan Distortion, Full Shred? I don't know much about any of them really.