I'm trying to figured out if the problem (or difference in sound) is just due to the pickups or if it's from something else.
I have two guitars that have Gibson pickups, an Epiphone Explorer with Burstbuckers (1 & 2), and an Epiphone Les Paul with 57 Classics.
Love the sound of both of them, they're very clear and sound exceptional
I have an Epiphone Prophecy that I've been changing out pickup sets to try and get the same clarity as the previously mentioned but haven't had any luck. Same brand and gauge of strings, same amp and settings, cables, etc..It's a Line6 Spyder amp on a Metallica setting. I had Seymour Duncan Whole Lotta humbuckers in it, changed to an SD Distortion / Pearly Gates(neck) setup, and then tried some Dimarzio D'Activators. And no, I haven't just bought all these new lol.
They all sound good, but they all sound muddy in comparison with the Gibson pups in the other two guitars I mentioned above (which I also wired myself).
Are these pickup sets that I've tried so far just naturally muddy in comparison to the Gibson's? They do sound good and nice and heavy but same amp settings in a side by side, none of them have sounded as clear as the Gibson's.
What do you guys think?
I'd say in that case it was the guitar itself. It COULD be the wiring but I can't see what would be at fault (burnt out pot perhaps?)
The Distortion and the D'Activators are among the cleanest/clearest passive pickups money can buy so it's certainly not your choice of pickups that's to blame.
Was the Prophecy one of those models that came stock with EMG's? If so, how did they sound? If an EMG sounds muddy then it's DEFINITELY the guitar.