I'm new to the forum, but have been doing a lot of reading, as I'm looking into some replacement pups. I play an Ibanex Artcore double cut, semi-hollow body with ceramic humbuckers in it. Similar to a Dot or 335. I love the guitar - great for the money, but it needs a tone overhaul. I realized that after tracking for a new CD. Anyway, I'm looking for the best pickup combination for the guitar. I play through a Carvin MTS 3212, a 50W/100W 2x12 all tube amp with great tone-shaping abilities. The Ibanez sounds decent clean, but it gets boxy when overdriven and I can't get really great overdriven tones with the current setup (I like a nice warm, slightly overdriven tone). Plus, I have trouble getting above the mix when soloing in loud live settings (the other guitarist plays Les Pauls through a Fender Blues Deluxe). I've been thinking about a Pearly Gates in the bridge with an Alnico II or Seth Lover in the neck. Thoughts? Also, I imagine I should change the volume and tone pots as well (2 of each). Suggestions?
Your input is appreciated!!