i have a Tokai SG which is an excellent guitar by the way but i need some help with the pickups selection. Until now i had a Gibson Classic 57 in the neck and a Gibson Angus Young in the bridge. I also have a Tokai Les Paul with a pair of Alnico II Pros initially and a pair of Alnico II Pro Slash as of now. With both of these sets, the les paul sounds absolutely phenomenal - you can go from shimmery cleans (that actually sound pretty single-coilish with the right settings), to mellow blues, to full-out rock. I absolutely love the sound of this guitar which has the right amount of cut and clarity and articulation.
So, how does the SG compare? Well, after liking the les paul so much, i just don't have the love i used to have for the SG and the reason is this: The neck is too boomy and bassy, even when lowered and with the pole pieces raised and the bridge is too edgy, dry and aggressive. I only seem to like it under high gain - low gain seems very harsh.
Now, before installing a set of antiquities in a 335, i gave them a try in the sg and while definitely better than the previous setup, i am still not sure i got 'there'.
So, first of all, i would like the experience of other SG players: is the neck position of the SG doomed to sound bassier than that of the Les Paul (due to differences in woods/construction)?
And second, would a Seth Lover set be good for me? I have searched enough and from what i've gathered the seth lovers are:
-Livelier, with more top end than the 'dull' 57
-A little hotter than the antiquities
-A little brighter than the antiquities but still smooth
Has anyone with an SG run throuth the same problems and if yes have you found a solution?? I am open to other pickup recommendations as well! (i know many favor the 59 - i used to have it in the neck position of a mahogany dime guitar and while good, i wasn't thrilled about it)
Necessary Info: All my guitars have .022 caps, 500k pots and 50s wiring. I am after a PAFish sound and don't care for large amounts of gain/distortion. I like my pickups to be as articulate, clear, with enough top end but not as much as to sound harsh.
Thanks a lot!!!