Mine just broke. I mainly do experimental music (noise-rock, looping, dissonant stuff) and like the single coil sound but its not necessary. I guess I'm just looking for something that sounds good. I tend not to enjoy the overly bright or ornate sounding, maybe something with some grit and depth. Price range is below 500. I want a good value, don't need a lot of pickups or settings to mess with. Pickup(s) should be very good, don't understand buying a guitar with average pickups when they're comparably so cheap.

DiMarzio has some very unique pickups but most of the DiMarzios on -$500 guitars suck.