I'm going back to square one with my LP. It's a 1995 Standard that is slightly on the bright side. Originally I installed a Custom in the bridge. It was nice with good drive but was a bit too stiff and "ceramic" for lack of a better word. I put in an old Distortion for a while just for the heck of it and it was very hot. So, I decided to get an old JB rewound to a S-Deco-5 11.5k to see how that was. Now, 9 months later, I've found it to be just too bright in my guitar and almost too clear. I've heard this from others with S-Deco Custom Shop pickups too. It doesn't really smooth up under drive, perhaps due to the mis-matched coils (one is 5.5k and the other is 5.8k) or maybe it's just really bright with the A5 magnet. Of the ones I've had I like the Custom the best so far...
So, I'm trying to pick my next pickup. I play a wide variety of music from blues to hard rock. I want a pickup that'll cover a lot of territory from clean to mean that is smooth and pretty tight under a fair amount of gain. I don't go fully saturated, but I do like some gain when I want it for some hard rockin'. Good clean is wanted that is fluid, smooth, and clear.
My S-Deco with AII magnet
A II Pro
What would you suggest? Remember my LP is slightly on the bright side (that's why I've considered mainly A2 pickups). I play through a Mesa Rectoverb into a Splawn 212 with Eminence Governors, so I have plenty of gain in the reserve tanks...
I'm open to about anything now. Lay you suggestions down if you please, especially if you have a LP and play through a similar setup...