#1
I will probably be upgrading my strat because I was told that it would be better and a lot cheaper then buying a new guitar (Epiphone G400).

It is going to have 1 pickup so I don't know what to put on it. I play mainly metal but I occasionally play led zeppelin or something like that but I don't play blues.

Choices:
EMG 81 - $160
Seymour Duncan JB - $140
Seymour Ducan Invader - $140

Also please go to my thread https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1094222 to give me opinions on if I should do this customization or not and answer my questions
My Gear:
Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Peavey Vypyr 30
DW Collector's 3 pc drums
Mapex Black panther snare
Sabian AAX/Zildjian K cymbals.
#2
If you are only putting in one pickup you're going to want really, REALLY high output. All of those are pretty high output, but being a DiMarzio man myself, I'm partial to the x2n. You should check it out, but it's definitely not for everybody, but if you're a metal guy it should work for you. It does for me
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#4
EMG's are good, but going active is more involved (not too much work tho) and IMO a little overrated
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#5
Ok thanks, for anyone who clicked my other thread and is Australian do you think ormsby would install my customizations for me (With a cost obviously)?
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Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Peavey Vypyr 30
DW Collector's 3 pc drums
Mapex Black panther snare
Sabian AAX/Zildjian K cymbals.
#6
well im not australian, but i know that ormsby says they dont do "partial builds" so im not sure. its not too hard to install yourself tho, and a good learning experience too
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#7
The resources sticky says

Ormsby Guitars
http://www.ormsbyguitars.com/
Based in Perth. They sell most things needed for building or customizing. They sell wood, hardware, pickups, books, inlay supplies, tools, lacquers etc. They will do any steps you are not comfortable in doing e.g scarf joints, slotting fretboards.

I guess I will send him a message.
My Gear:
Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Peavey Vypyr 30
DW Collector's 3 pc drums
Mapex Black panther snare
Sabian AAX/Zildjian K cymbals.
#8
oh, huh. my bad, must have been misinformed, sorry.
EDIT: still think its a good idea to at least try it yourself, save a lot of money and learn a lot.
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#9
The only thing I am not sure about is the Pickup and the trem, I have no soldering skills and I don't know what the grounding wire is even for or where it connects to.
My Gear:
Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Peavey Vypyr 30
DW Collector's 3 pc drums
Mapex Black panther snare
Sabian AAX/Zildjian K cymbals.
#10
connects to the bridge, it helps with regulating and setting stuff.
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#11
since you have a strat, have you ever taken it apart, there should be a wire soldered to the vibrato. thats the ground
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#13
I only play stuff like that on an odd occasion, like I will just put my amp to clean and play stairway to heaven or kashmir a bit.
My Gear:
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Peavey Vypyr 30
DW Collector's 3 pc drums
Mapex Black panther snare
Sabian AAX/Zildjian K cymbals.
#14
well it really depends on how clean or overdriven your sound is, if you like clean, the x2n definitely isnt for you, it can naturally overdrive a tube amp without adding any distortion.
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#15
you can take a clean pup and manipulate it to a nasty distortion much easier than taking a high output into a classical groove. it'd be easier, plus you can toy with your metal tone more with a nicer pup. just saying. but if you have a 2nd guitar for a nicer sound, then by all means i say go with aggressive.