#1
Hi, at the moment I have an Ibanez RG370 and I'm looking at getting new pickups to replace my stock ones. I'm thinking of getting Dimarzio ones after a recommendation from my guitar teacher (and the fact that a million metal players have EMG's and I want to be different). My friend on the other hand is pushing me to get a new guitar instead (probably and Ibanez S470). Is it better to get new pickups or a new Ibanez with stock pickups?

Gear I currently have:
Krank Chadwick series head
Crate Cab
Ibanez RG370 (stock everything)
Ibanez Tube Screamer
BBE Sonic Maximizer

I really don't know much about pickups, all I know is that I want to get a neck and bridge humbucker (I never use the middle single coil anyway). I'm in a progressive metal band and mostly play prog metal stuff (Dream Theater, The Human Abstract, Protest the Hero stuff), but I also use my clean channel a lot and am in a ska band too (Streetlight Manifesto, Reel Big Fish stuff, weird combination of styles I know). Basically, I want to be able to hit those really cool sounding harmonics and do the high gain stuff and be able to play clean ska stuff too.

Any recommendations?
#4
eventually, you would want to change pickups for the new guitar as well. i say buy a new trem, like on OFR, to replace the Edge III. then replace pickups and that will be a better guitar.
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#5
really why get a new guitar? Do you like the way your guitar plays and sounds if so yea throw some pups in, rather than throw away a large amount of cash on a new guitar.