basically the title says it all. Im customizing my onyx tele copy and i want to kno wat the best tele p.u's for metal.
I know guys like David Gilmour & Eric Clapton buy Lace single-coil pickups, but for metal? The strat/tele guys who play predominantly metal usually (but not always) replace the single-coils with some kind of mini-humbucker.

And lots of companies make them- Carvin, Seymour-Duncan, DiMarzio, Tesla and many, many more...there are even EMG mini-humbuckers as I recall.
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Yeah, EMG humbuckers are probably a good idea.

Perhaps the ones Jim Root has in his Tele, but you have to get it routed, or you could do it youself (like me)

But otherwise you'd probably be looking at some kind of stacked humbucker
yeah im thinking of re-routing the wood to fit humbuckers. cheers for the feedback everyone
For metal, your amp matters far, far more than your pickups. For any genre your amp matters much more than your pickups, but it's even more so with metal. You could put the most ''brutal'' pickups in the world in your guitar and if you're playing through a low-gain Fender amp you're not going to manage even hard rock, let alone metal. Even when using active pickups, without an amp that is naturally high-gain and used in the correct way all you're going to achieve is a louder clean tone.
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Unless it's an SD Blackout Metal. Ridiculously high output - driving a twin reverb into preamp saturation is easy for it.

I could play metal on a Jazz box if I wanted to, through the right amp (with a noise gate, of course).
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The Dimarzio Chopper is a great choice. I have one in my tele and it works great
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Look into EMG and GHS. They might have some things you want =D
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