I just got a Les Paul Standard with a quilt maple top and rosewood board. I love the guitar but I would like some opinions on what bridge pickup to put in it.
I play metal and hard rock. Also bluesy type rock. Mainly aggressive styles.
I've also got an Ibanez S classic with mohogany body and bolt on mohogany neck with rosewood board. I had a duncan custom in the bridge and jazz in the neck. I loved the combo. The custom in this guitar was big, huge, fat, warm and punchy.
Im not sure what pups were in the Les paul. Guitar center guy told me it was burstbucker pros. When I pulled the pups out, the back of them were BB1 and BB2 respectively in the neck and bridge so Im not sure now. I liked the tone a lot out of them especially the neck. But the bridge just was not aggressive enough for me so I decided to swap some pups around.
The Ibanez is a thinner body style than the les paul with no maple top. When I put the custom in the les paul it sounded less sustained and very trebley compared to when it was in the ibanez. Almost too much high end. Still a good sounding pup but I thought it was going to be very different than it turned out. I was actually somewhat dissapointed because the custom was one of my favorite sounding pickups in that Ibanez and now it's not.
My les paul has the quilt top which could alter the sound like that, also this is the newer les paul with the chambered body which will alter the sound a bit.
Is there a better alternative to get the sound I want? Ive also got a duncan distortion which I like but Im not sure this will work for me in the les paul. Maybe someone can convince me otherwise.
What other pickups can should I consider to get that raw, fat huge sound that I am used to?
BTW.. I loved the huge bottom end and fat tone and sustain with the custom. Is it weird that I am not getting this sound out of the les paul?
any opinions would be welcomed. thank you