Alright, so I need new pickups for my Epiphone Les Paul that is getting everything redone. I am open to any brand (other than something like Barenuckles. WAY too expensive)
I am looking anywhere on a price of $20 (or even less) to $60 per pickup. I am very willing to go used. Specs I'd like:
-2 pickups, doesn't have to be specific brand
-HATE mid scooped pups. Anything scooped like a '59 or Custom 5 turns me off
-Prefer 4 cond. pups, though I am willing to do 'pickup surgery'.
-Either black, zebra, or chrome/nickel cover. Thinking of black bridge, nickel neck
-I'd like emphasized mids and highs in the bridge, and lower mids in the neck
-Magnets I'd prefer are Alnico II, Alnico III, Alnico VIII, Ceramic. DO NOT like Alnico V.
-Want bridge to be powerful, neck to be moderate. Doesn't need to be like this though.
-Would like to get decent cleans somewhere in the setup. Not that important though.
-Don't want something too muddy
-Clear pickups. I'm going to have to find a window in the mix with two other rhythm guitarists. I'm lead though so it isn't too bad if I dominate, but I don't want to be the selfish over-powering guitarist.
Genre is pretty much heavy metal/doom metal/doom/death metal/power metal (German)/hard rock. Influenced by bands like Black Sabbath, Dio, Queen, Alice in Chains, Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian etc.
Tuned down to Eb Standard. Rig is Kustom Quad 200 into B-52 AT412. Only pedals are Dunlop Wah, Boss ST-2, Boss Blues Driver. Future more professional amp would be something like Laney Pro Tube 50.
Aftermarket pickups I have had experience with are: Telecaster Hot Rails, and the GFS Alnico II Vintage Wound PAF, etc.
So yeah, pretty specific, but I'm flexible with options. I am just trying to give the most information so I can get the best suggestions.