I am a pround owner of a Tokai LS 85 which currently has a set of Leosounds' Vintage Player PAFs in it. They are amazing and very accurate PAF replicas and they're perfect for bluesy stuff. But they're unpotted and covered and thus can't take much gain and volume without squealing.
I'm looking for something that retains the PAF vibe but can also take a lot of gain without squealing or mushing out. If it's possible, the pickups should have a tight and defined low end, stay clear under gain AND be capable of producing PAF-like vintage tones.
Based on some research on this forum, I'm thinking about a set of '59s. Based on the description, they are meant to be PAF replicas but the alnico 5 magnet should provide some extra punch and clarity. Plus they are being used by both blues/jazz players and metalheads (Lamb of God). Another option is the Pearly Gates but the alnico 2 magnet is most probably not a good choice for metal riffing, is it?
What do you guys think?