#1
hello,
I'd like to improve my guitar sound and not spend too much. Right now I have a jackson low-mid end guitar with stock pickups (S-S-H). I only use the humbucker though. What would be a good overall metal (and clean) passive pickup? It shouldn't cost over 150-200€ (I live in italy). My amp : Fender Mustang I V2
thanks
#2
Not going to make much difference through your
amp as modeling amps color tone but Seymour
Duncan black winters are great imo.
#3
Step 1) upgrade to a decent non-modeling amp, preferably one voiced for your genre- this will make more of a difference in your tone than any Guitar you can buy.

Step 2) change pickups as needed.

For passive metal pickups, I'd look at the RailHammer Anvil (bridge) and Chisel (neck), Tesla Extreme, Nitro or Plasma, or maybe Lace Deathbuckers.
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#4
Take a look at the Duncan Distortions, if you can get them where you live.
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#5
Lots of good choices out there - too many to list.

I would start with Seymour Duncan and Dimarzio and work your way up from there.

Dimarzio:
Super Distortion (or Super 2/Super 3)
Tone Zone
Steve's Special
Dactivator (both regular and X models)
Evolution
D Sonic (very similar to the Steve's Special)
Gravity Storm
X2N

Seymour Duncan:
JB model
Dimebucker
Duncan Distortion
Invader
Alternative 8
Black Winter
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#6
Also consider Lace's Finger Burners and Dirty Heshers.
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#7
Check out the Lace Deathbucker man. Passive, but it puts out like an EMG 81. I recently installed one in my Les Paul- it's fantastic. https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?p=32217727#post32217727
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#8
I always tell people to watch these videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZYDYiOIuC8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryzie8mham8

Pickups are subjective but don't neglect your amp either! Some pickups will work better with different guitars (different woods etc) so think about that.
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#9
Check out Bare Knuckle Pickups Blackhawk model. I have the ceramic version and am finding it to be a very versitile pup. It took a while to get used to it and get the amp set right. It is only about 8.5-9k ohms but the wire in the wind is huge so it pumps out tons of power, more than the Dimarzio super distortion and super distortion 3 I have both of those. And yet has the ability to be very clear also. Clear to the point of if you make mistakes you can hear them more clearly. It is also super dead quiet with the amped cranked.


BKP Blackhawk>Dimarzio super distortion>Seymour Duncan distortion. Thats my opinion
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#10
Seymour Duncan invaders
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