#1
Hey all,

I'm trying to decide on what pickup to put into my guitar I'm making and I have a question. I have a 10k GFS Hot Rail that I could use in the bridge position, but would this be adequate? I believe most bridge pickups are rated around 14 or so? I'm really not good at all this electronic stuff so I need some advice here.

I'm really looking for a Pearl Jamesque tone, but would also like it to be able to handle some hard-rock type gain. With the lower rating, I understand that the output will be less which will drive my amp less, correct? Will I be able to achieve a heavier sound with a 10k pickup in the bridge?

I use a Blackheart 5w with a Bad Monkey for a boost. In case it matters, the body material is chambered ash core with maple back and top.

Hope I explained my situation well enough. Thanks ahead of time for any feedback I receive.

Cheers,
Dan
#2
I don't think you're going to need a very hot pickup for pearl jam. I would think any humbucker would work will the amp you have.
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#3
Right, I'm not worried about achieving that sort of tone. However, I do end up using a heavier sound sometimes and I'm concerned I won't be able to get that level of grit out of a 10k pickup and my current amp.
#4
what type of tone are you looking for when you say harder rock and heavier sounds? im sure you could get up to like GNR, but not much more
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#5
The amount of gain I'd like to reach is in my profile under the song titled "Band Jam (new song?)" In it I'm using my Blackheart and a guitar with a Duncan JB in the bridge.
#6
You should be looking at pedals and amps, IMO, if you want a heavier sound. A pickup doesn't have THAT much bearing on your tone.
You should be fine with your current setup.

Think about this: Black Sabbath, Lamb of God, Led Zeppelin, and Cream are all bands who use/used pickups with what would be considered "vintage" level of output.