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Well I decided to keep the Ibanez. After playing a few times with the band and spending some more time with it it's better for shred than the Les Pauls I played this weekend at GC. Not the best for rhythm but I think it's my thumb being too weak to hold chords for a good while, I'll work on it. And after all I can switch out pickups. Anywho, I can pretty much only afford a GFS pickup since I've got $50. I'm just buying the bridge pickup for now because I hardly ever use the neck and can't afford a full set yet.
Which would sound better for me? I won't notice a HUGE difference since I'm using a Bandit but the pickup actually being potted will help to but just in case I'm going to repot it when I get it. To give you an idea of the type of music I play I'd say it's kind of like the technicality of Protest the Hero blended with the style and melody of modern metalcore bands (As I Lay Dying, August Burns Red). So not too intense or amazingly shreddy but I need clarity, tightness, and output. I prefer to lower the gain on the amp itself for a crunchier sound.
The VEH? http://store.guitarfetish.com/veviexhoblbr.html
or the Crunchy Rails? http://store.guitarfetish.com/gfscrraourho4.html
Thanks for help in advance.
One of the guys at HCAF recommended the Guitarheads mega metals. How are those?
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Crunchy Rails sounds like it would suit you better for a modern metal tone.
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If you are on a budget, you could also consider Iron Gear pickups

http://www.irongear.co.uk/

Not sure if there are any stockist in the States tho.
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