#1
So yeah, I have a Japanese Ibanez RG520, that I'm just not very happy with, tonally. It has a Seymour Duncan Distortion in the bridge and a Seymour Duncan Jazz in the neck.

Bridge: Basically, the Distortion just has too much output. It's also too bright, the high end really takes over with chords, yet there isn't a whole lot of string separation and chord definition. The high notes are just a bit too bright and thin, to the point of being really obnoxious, which I really hate.

Neck: The Jazz is okay EQ-wise, but it is just boring. I want something with a little bit more output, and I think a bit more midrange (the whole shebang, more low mids all the way up to more high mids).


For reference, I am happier with the tones from my S420 with a DiMarzio D Activator set, and my H-301 with a Seymour Duncan Full Shred set. I am playing through my POD HD500X pretty much exclusively.

Budget is $100-150 for both, preferably used if I can find them but whatevs. Basically any of the big name brands.

I have my own ideas, but I'm curious to know what you would suggest as well.

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#2
Since you don't want that much distortion I'd suggest steering away from EMG's and probably try another SD combo.
To be quite honest there are so many different combos with those pickups, that there's no point in me telling you to try a particular one. I'd do away with the Jazz pickups on the neck and go for something more "normal". For example the SH-14 is a very good pickup, but I dunno if it's going to be a lot different from your current one.
#3
Do you want totally the opposite of what you don't like about them (i.e. the sledgehammer cracking a walnut type of solution) or do you want a more subtle improvement?
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#4
i know S series is a little different from the RG, but i threw a crunchlab and liquifire in my Prestige 2570EVSL, bam. hit the point. i like them more than the TZ/AN that came stock on my 3550MZ.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/DiMarzio-John-Petrucci-Pickup-Set-109588053-i1743372.gc?nce=1

i got mine for like $120 (as a set) brand new. i guess they jacked up prices. assholes.

but i am very happy with the end result on the CL/LQ.

then again if you want active, i like he 85/60 (bridge/neck) together, but i haven't tried any other brands' active pickups extensively.
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