#2
What styles of rock & metal? What kind of budget per pickup?
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#3
The stock ones are fairly hot to be honest, though I chucked some EMGs in my V100 and it's a beast though they're a bit sterile
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#5
Without getting silly expensive, I'd look at Lace Alumitone Deathbuckers and their signature HBs (all for metal guitarists), Tesla humbuckers, and RailHammer Chisel or Anvil pickups.
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

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