has anyone ever managed to get one to sound good?
I'm currently trying to do this with a friends guitar.
I've tried various pickups in it none of which sounded amazing
BKP Miracle Man - this one probably sounded the best but sounded muffled in it
Is there a magic bullet kinda pickup for these guitars or shall i tell him to just burn it?
Everything i've put in has been very woofy in the lows and generally lacked clarity.
it's quite a shame as its a nice looking guitar (DV8 rip off) and plays really well
a lot of that depends on the amp. I find that EMGs generally sound pretty good in anything.
you also have to remember that the quality of the string contact hardware is going to matter. a cheap chinese/indo-made TOM isn't going to sound anywhere as nice as a tonepros, gotoh, schaller, etc. a good hardened steel bridge is going to brighten up the sound a lot and give it a lot more snap. It's very similar to what happens when you swap a cheapo LFR for an OFR.