I just bought an ESP Phoenix 200. Rosewood fretboard, basswood body, hardtail, with ESP LH-150 stock pickups. Its the entry-level model with no bells or whistles with the intention of customizing it myself. I was lookin to dropping some seymour duncans, since my last ESP M-series had a set of JB 59's. I was thinking maybe going with a set that was a little more raunchier.
Right now I'm playing through a Marshall Valve-state VS100 and crate 4X12, but looking to upgrade to a Peavey 6505+ or even a 6534+ when I get some extra money.
Playing style: I am pretty straight forward. Metal and hardcore. I wouldn't consider myself to be much of a shredder. I just like really crunchy heavy rhythm with a little feedback and medium sustain. I really like that mid-tone range, just to have a little more depth of sound. Sometimes I might detune to D, D# for a heavier tone.
genre/Band wise: NY style hardcore, stoner metal; somewhere between Hatebreed and Six Feet Under.
Anyone have any suggestions or advice? I was lookin reading up on the Distortion Mayhem and Synyster Invaders, wondering if anyone uses these? Whats your opinion on either, as opposed to just the traditional JB 59 sets? UPDATE: I almost forgot to mention, I'm more interested in passive pickups.