I have a guitar that needs some tonal help like you wouldn't believe!
I'm mainly looking for replacement pickups in the neck and middle positions, but am open to any suggestions.
1989 Ibanez 540R, Hum-Single-Single, original Edge tremolo, JS1000 neck with Rosewood fingerboard.
The guitar currently has a set of DiMarzios in it.
Pro Track in the neck and middle, and a Tone Zone in the bridge.
I really like the Tone Zone, but the Pro Tracks just don't do anything for me. They have no sparkle, no harmonics, and the neck just sounds too dark for my tastes.
The music my band plays is not overly complex, but we do a lot of mixing cleans and dirty tones.
I would like neck and middle pickups that are well rounded. Not overly dark or too bright.
Lots of harmonics (yeah, I know it's a neck pickup).
I have a PAF Pro in the neck of my JS1000 and it is almost perfect for the music that I play.
I am primarily a neck position guy. My distortion tones range from early Maiden to Santana (Brothers or Supernatural).
I'm not a shredder, more like a Michael Schenker or EVH player. I use lots of harmonics, feedback, sustained notes, and my style is very legato.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I apologize if my post is somewhat cryptic. It's early here and I haven't had my coffee yet!
Pickups I have considered:
JB Jr (not sure how they would mesh with the Tone Zone, but if Duncan has a TZ equivalent, I am all ears)
Lace Hot Golds (again, not sure how they would sound with the TZ)