I have the regular 81 and 85/60 (not sure which) in my import Jackson V. In the past I've not really liked the sound of EMG's but when I bought this guitar 3-4 months ago I thought I'd give them a chance at rehearsal etc. instead of changing them out straight away.
Fast forward 4 months and I now want to change them out.
The neck pick-up is so awful it's unreal, no dynamics or anything, but I'm not bothered about swapping that out because I don't use it much anyway. I wanted to ask you guys regarding the 81 because with the passive pickup I replace it with I do want to keep an aspect of the 81's sound.
Basically, the aspect that gives me a musical boner is the percussively tight sound you get when palm muting with fast thrash riffs (what I generally play). Kinda reminds me of the verse tone on 'Alison Hell' or the palm muted/down picked stuff all over 'Spreading the Disease'. Unfortunately, I dislike every other aspect of the 81
Are there any passive pickups that fit the bill? I'm looking to keep the 81 tightness but have the pickup be more open otherwise (i.e. not looking for the more compressed gain sound of the SD Distortion etc.). Price isn't a problem as I'm only buying the one bridge pick-up. Any ideas?
The Fluence Modern by Fishman might be worth a try, otherwise get a DiMarzio D-Activator