I'm looking to start a band incorporating the sounds of Nirvana, Underoath, Every Time I Die, Converge, Tool, Glassjaw and also incorporating the softer elements like Brand New, Swans, Radiohead, The Smiths etc. I currently have a Fender stratocaster and a Fender Cyclone, both with stock pick ups. My options are either upgrading my Fenders by putting JB's in the bridge or i'm thinking about buying a Les Paul style guitar most likely an ltd ec-1000t ctm. So my question is would a Fender be able to handle harsher elements with a JB or should I just get a LTD and call it a day?
Andy from ETID has been playing Strats at some gigs. He's been using an ESP LTD Tele-style guitar with HBs as well. I don't see why a Strat with a bridge HB wouldn't work.
agreed, put a good humbucker in the bridge and you will be able to get what you are looking for.