I'd like to be proven wrong, but it seems to me like guitar pick-up geeks (I am one!) on this and the Dimarzio forum seem to overwhelmingly key in on Van Halen, Dimebag, Shred and Hair Metal type tones by a big majority.
I'm older than a lot of players here (I'm 55) and I know quite often when music lovers age they tend to branch out with what musical styles they get excited about. Maybe that's part of it?
I enjoy reading these pick up forums a lot, but I wonder how many who read this thread could chime in on guitar sounds they love that aren't like the ones mentioned above? (even though I like those styles myself)
Besides loving modern style players/bands such as Mike Akerfeldt, Gorgoroth, My Dying Bride, a few players/bands outside of the Metal genre for me would be:
Frank Zappa (pre Stratocaster FZ)
Reverend Horton Heat
Who else here can get just as jacked up on players/bands other than Hair Metal-VH-Pantera-Slayer type tones?
C'mon Dudes and Dudesses (how many FEMALES are on this forum?!)