To be honest I'm the kind of person that never really gave a crap about tone, pickups, or any gear really. My main focus for years was more on playing, and learning theory and technique (I don't know anything about gear really). But recently I have been hanging out with a tone freak, and I can't satisfy him with anything I come up tone wise. "If it doesn't sound like Reflections then it's not tight enough."
So hanging out with him makes me want to strive for a better tone, but we have a lot of different taste in guitars, and metal. I was looking into getting Dimarzio Crunch lab and LiquiFire for my Ibanez RGD7231, but my friends tells me they suck and never to get them, and get blackouts or bare knuckle.
What do you guys think I should get? my guitar is basswood with rosewood neck, and I'm going for that periphery/after the burial kind of style.
Periphery uses (for the most part) the CL/LF combo and the guys in ATB uses Blackouts.