#1
Hello, I have about $80 of disposable income right now and I am having a tough time choosing between a replacement neck pickup or an equalizer pedal

Some background info for you. I play in a melodic death metal band (think Opeth, Agalloch) as well as a rock/experimental band. I prefer to use heavier distortion, however with my Peavey Valveking 212 I am sometimes left wanting more. I use a Bad Monkey on the OD channel to help kick it into heavier territory, but still I wish I had a little more control over the sound. I also love to improvise blues with some fuzz, however my main guitar has no usable clean/blues tone, so I must use my old Yamaha Pacifica with only one working single coil(middle position).

Due to monetary restrictions, my choice of EQ is limited to the MXR 6-Band EQ. I am debating on just waiting until fall (once my seasonal job starts back up) to order the 10-Band, however there is quite a good chance that one of my bands may start playing shows this summer, and I would love to have my tone as solid as possible.

link to 6-band:
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/MXR-M109-6Band-Graphic-EQ?sku=151103#new

I play a wide variety of tunings on an Ibanez RG220B with a Dimarzio X2N in the bridge and the stock ibanez pickup in the neck(for those who have no experience with the old powersounds they put in 90's ibanezes, these things are so bad they are unusable). I feel like my guitar is incomplete and only so-so without a usable neck pickup and a bridge pickup built solely for distortion. If I'm up there on the stage I want my guitar to be the best it can be. I would prefer to order a pickup from Guitarfetish.com, which as you may know sells pickups for $35, since $70 for dimarzios is pretty steep, and I could use the money saved from buying a GFS pickup to buy a channel selector for my VK, which I desperately need. However, if we are talking severe differences between the tone of GFS pickups vs. Dimarzios/SDs, I could reconsider.

I was thinking of either the VEH (http://store.guitarfetish.com/veviexhotwhc.html) or the Classic II (http://store.guitarfetish.com/gfsciial2zeh.html) to give my guitar the bluesy tone it needs. HOWEVER, due to the sheer output of my bridge pickup, I was thinking that I could just go ahead and make this guitar my designated METAL guitar, and slap a Crunchy Rails in the neck (http://store.guitarfetish.com/gfscrraourho.html).

So tl;dr?
$70 6-band EQ OR $70 Pickup OR $35 Pickup and a Footswitch for my amp

Opinions are welcome and encouraged.

Also, I realize I should get a job. With the economy the way it is, teenagers like me are out of luck.
#2
hmm.... If you decide to go for the EQ, you probably don't need the 10-Band. The 6-band will do you fine unless your guitar has specific frequencis that you specifically want increased or decreased.
In terms of a pickup, imo get a bluesy pickup to even out your guitar. be able to play all types of styles, right?
If I were you, I'd buy a new pickup, then wait to buy the 6-band EQ, or look at an even cheaper danelectro fish and chips EQ.

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#3
interesting idea, I had completely forgotten about the fish and chips. Thanks for the input
#4
yeah. the fish and chips will do fine. also, there are pickups capable or getting great blues and high gain sounds, like the SD 59, the dimarzio PAF pro, or the SD Jazz.

I think there's a "GFS classic 59" (or something like that) that's supposed to be a copy of the Duncan 59. I has a very round and creamy tone, wich you could use to play blues, clean stuff and leads. You should try it IMO.
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