#1
I want to change the pickups on my S470, which I'm going to change (before installing new pickups) to HH configuration.

I use a Laney VC-15, and the tone from that is lovely, but the stock pickups are a little sterile/dull/lifeless.

I'm looking for 2 passive humbuckers which could give me a richer, more dynamic sound, and maybe improve sustain a little (higher output?).

For a bridge pickup, I'm looking for a very clear tone, both clean and with overdrive: almost single-coil-like when clean, and able to keep the clarity of notes when overdriven.

For the neck, I want smooth, sustaining tone, but with bite to it: not too bassy (I know e.q is more important for this, but still), which isn't too muddy playing chords.

I have looked at the Seymour Duncan and Dimarzio websites a bit, but I'd quite like some opinions, as I don't know much about pickups and I won't get a chance to try them out, which makes it a little harder than shopping for guitars or amps.

Price is a factor; I'm willing to pay up to about £120/$235 (I might stretch that a tiny bit) for both, but would much rather pay less if possible.

Sorry about the large amount of text and information, and thanks for any help!
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#2
I don't know why you would change the pickups in this thing because i love mine. They sound great, but whatever floats your boat. I would look into some of the Seymour Duncans. Possibly the 59's because they sound the best to me. I'm no expert though.
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I have a Washburn BT-6 with a Seymour Duncan SH-12 George Lynch Screamin Demon in the bridge position (about $95 USA) and a Seymour Duncan SH-4 in the neck position (about $70) which is pretty much dead on to what you described in sound.

But there are also other factors that affect basic tone: string gauge, pick, what type of bridge and even what capacitor on the tone pot. Sometimes it is just a hit and miss. I bought a DiMarzio Evolution because it sounded so good in a friends guitar but it sounded like mud in mine, and then went with the Seymour Duncans
#4
DiMarzio + Ibanez = Win.

There's a ton I'd suggest though, Evolution is a really nice, crisp and defined pickup in the Bridge, but it's not for everyone. There's also the Breed and Tone Zone, I don't have as much experience with the Breed, but I have a TZ in my Ibanez and a TZ S in my Strat and love them both.

For the neck, you could also go with a Breed or a PAF Pro which I also have in my Ibanez, which sounds amazing and is currently my favorite neck pickup.
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Swineshead AMP, Runaway, Warthog or Condor are all worth looking into depending on what kind of output you want. I'd go for something like AMP in the neck (with a coil split, obviously), and a Warthog or Runaway in the bridge. Maybe even a pair of AMPs if you want a lot of versatility.
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^ agreed, swineshead are bound to be worth a look for that budget. corduroy's rockmonkey pickups too (though i haven't tried them, but hear great things). EDIT: also, don't judge single coils based on your stock one- stick a nice single coil in there and you might find that you actually like them.
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: also, don't judge single coils based on your stock one- stick a nice single coil in there and you might find that you actually like them.


I don't really have anything against single coils, I just have no use for 3 pickups in this guitar, and I can't be bothered to fill in the cavities a bit to accommodate single coils.
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I'm thinking Swineshead too....a pair of AMPs is what my gut instinct says, but maybe a Runaway bridge, AMP neck?

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I've looked at the Swineshead pickups, and I'm going to go for a Swineshead AMP in the neck, and probably a Runaway or Warthog in the bridge.

But I'm also looking at RockMonkeyGuitars pickups (made by a UG member: CorduroyEW). They sound good, and it looks like a very personalised, good service, but I'd like a bit of a review or guide other than whats on his website. Has anyone ever bought/tried any?
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Swineshead AMP, Runaway, Warthog or Condor are all worth looking into depending on what kind of output you want. I'd go for something like AMP in the neck (with a coil split, obviously), and a Warthog or Runaway in the bridge. Maybe even a pair of AMPs if you want a lot of versatility.


the warthog's crap for cleans in the bridge

i'd look at ceramic pups for a tighter distorted tone if thats what your after
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^ i dunno about crap, it can sound decent if you roll the volume down, but i'd agree that the warthog is much more aimed at overdrive or distortion than cleans...

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I don't really have anything against single coils, I just have no use for 3 pickups in this guitar, and I can't be bothered to fill in the cavities a bit to accommodate single coils.


i meant for the middle pickup, but that's no problem if you know you just don't want/need them in that guitar.
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#12
well, its a plywood body, but still, i'm going through TSs amp too and theyre cold and sterile

im not one for bridge cleans anyway. neck single/split HB ftw
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my warthog (from what i remember, anyway) is pretty warm-sounding...
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