Alright, so a little history.
I have been going through pickups a bit for the past 1.5 years.
I have a 1981 Greco Les Paul Custom, and I play through a RedBear MK60,
which is identical to a JCM800 schematically, only with 6 volt preamp tubes
and 2 6L6-GC's.
So, like a JCM 800, it has a good amount of gain, but it's not really a "metal amp" without a push.
So, back on track. I had the stock Greco "Screamer" pickups at first, then
rocked a set of Bill Lawrence (Wilde) L90's for about a year. I loved them
for a while, but they were just so clear and transparent, that they just didn't have much "character" to them, just kind of plain.
Then I went through a P90 phase and installed a set of Mean 90's.
I love the mid growl of them, but the bridge pickup just isn't hot and "pushy" enough for me.
I jumped on the "PAF/lower output pickups can do everything including metal" bandwagon, but in reality,
for what my band does, I need a higher output pickup.
So, I'm trying to decide between the Distortion or Custom.
Currently I have my OD pedal with the Drive on like 7/10 to get what
I need from the P90, but I would prefer to have the OD set as
just a boost, with the Drive on 1/10 or even 0/10, with the level dimed.
I play both rhythm and lead, so I want something that works for both.
I'm just nervous about clarity with the Distortion...don't want it to
sound super "fizzy", and I don't want any "honkiness/cocked-wah".
With the Custom, I'm nervous about the lack of "lead-character" that the DD & JB have.
For reference purpouses, my band's sound is a lot like Down, Clutch, and Corrosion of Conformity.
And we play in D standard.
ps: link to one of our songs