So I've pulled out the EMGs from my last active guitar. It's a maple neck through Rhoads with poplar wings and an ebony board. I'm thinking about putting in some vintage hot pickups in to this one.
Here's what I currently have.... My main rhythm guitar has a ceramic Nail Bomb in it, and my "layering" rhythm guitar has a Cold Sweat in it. My guitars for cutting leads are archtop soloists, one with a Suhr Aldrich pair and one with a BKP VHII/HD.
For this guitar, I'm looking for something that will be more suited to thick lead sounds than tight rhythm sounds, but as I plan on using this guitar live (traditional metal not super tight death metal), rhythm sounds can't be completely ignored. I really like the VHII, and I'm thinking about a pair of those, but I'm also thinking maybe I'd like to try something else like the Black Dogs, Riff Raffs or the Holy Divers (I really like the HD neck in my AT).
Anyone have any thoughts on these? I am also not against other brands (except Dimarzio, ), so I am open to other ideas.
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The emerald bridge is hands down IMO the best bkp around. For thick leads, I'd pair that up with an abraxas neck, but that's also an extremely fluid lead sound that may not be what you're looking for. Think of what it's named for