Since I don't have the unlimited budget for experimenting I want to get some suggestions from you guys. I know seymour does exchanges but I want to narrow the field some.
In my explorer I have an alternative 8 in the bridge and a jazz in the neck. The alt 8 is pretty much what I'm looking for out of a bridge pup in that guitar (although I may experiment with pot values) but the neck isn't quite doing it for me. It's a bit bright and not quite 'sweet' enough in the midrange. I like alot of mids and without a good amount of cut, I get buried by the rhythm guitarist's emgs. From looking at the tone chart the jazz is too much treble and not enough mids. I've heard the full shred is a good pair with the alt 8 but I've also head it's very similar to the jazz.
The sound I'm going for is a sweet singing lead tone that distorts well, still keeps a good clean tone, and has a decent amount of cut through the mix. I really like John Petrucci's tone and I like the Paul Waggoner (btbam) tone. I know Petrucci uses dimarzio and wagoner uses prs. I'm not above using a dimarzio but I've always found Seymour Duncan's to give me the response I want from a pickup.
What suggestions do you guys have for a neck position lead humbucker?
On a side note, I'll consider trading my jazz humbucker for a different pup if someone is willing.