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I got my ESP LTD Alexi-200 and Vox VT15 amp for a while now and i am looking for some new better sound. I was planning to get new strings for lower tunings and a new pickup for better sound. I got no idea what pickups are good or bad etc, so could someone help me a bit ?

Some artists with awesome tones: Children of bodom (i LOVE their tone), Slayer and Metallica. (They all use EMG's)
Some songs with awesome tones from these artists:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q6d82QGNWs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVZKCwv25Wo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFw9l_TFokU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2e47wBWTV8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFthC_ieMTs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVuZOJECYqw

My guitar has basswood body, 1 bridge humbucker (ESP-EMG LH-300).
Can anyone recommend me a good pickup for me? I recently heard of the EMG ALX (Hz-h4 with gain booster), will that pickup be fine for me? And shall i go for passives or actives? Budget is like 50-150 for 1 humbucker

Btw, i love drop D/C/B and standard D tuning, but my current gauge strings don't allow me to. What gauges should i get? I want to be able to play basicly all tunings (Standard E/D#/D/C# and Drop D/C/B). I will probably play most of the time in tunings lower or equal to standard D
Last edited by Kazooiej at Oct 18, 2009,
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Quote by Kazooiej
I got my ESP LTD Alexi-200 and Vox VT15 amp for a while now and i am looking for some new better sound. I was planning to get new strings for lower tunings and a new pickup for better sound. I got no idea what pickups are good or bad etc, so could someone help me a bit ?

Some artists with awesome tones: Children of bodom (i LOVE their tone), Slayer and Metallica. (They all use EMG's)
Some songs with awesome tones from these artists:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q6d82QGNWs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVZKCwv25Wo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFw9l_TFokU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2e47wBWTV8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFthC_ieMTs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVuZOJECYqw

My guitar has basswood body, 1 bridge humbucker (ESP-EMG LH-300).
Can anyone recommend me a good pickup for me? I recently heard of the EMG ALX (Hz-h4 with gain booster), will that pickup be fine for me? And shall i go for passives or actives? Budget is like 50-150 for 1 humbucker

Btw, i love drop D/C/B and standard D tuning, but my current gauge strings don't allow me to. What gauges should i get? I want to be able to play basicly all tunings (Standard E/D#/D/C# and Drop D/C/B). I will probably play most of the time in tunings lower or equal to standard D


Hey dont just get your favourite bands tone.
just cos you like em now dont mean you will forever (though probably will)
I would probably look at emgs and dimarzios mainly but i dont no wat to recommend as you only have 1 pickup space. Try a few guitars out at a local shop with pickups you like and listen to the tone if you like it Great!!!
Ive heard the 85 and Petrucci's dimarzio pickups are good for drop tunings.

hope this actually helps

EDIT: sorry about the rant
Gear:
LTD Viper-50
LTD V-250
Line 6 Spider iii 15
Randall RX120R
Boss ME-50