So it seems that in recent years, the idea of using lower output pickups for metal is kind of making its way (back?) into popular opinion. If you look up manufacturer websites, you can see for example that the Seymour Duncan Pegasus and the Dimarzio Imperium Bridge (Dave Davidson signature) have some of the lowest outputs amongst the "high output" pickups of their respective brands. And then on YouTube I come across stuff like this : In this video, the guy is definitely not going for "modern metal" tones, he plays stuff that's more akin to 70s and 80s hard rock/heavy metal with a guitar tone that matches that, but it still feels tight and percussive... with a set of Duncan 59s in his guitar, and apparently no boost in front of the amp either. I was also looking for people using the SD Jazz in the bridge for heavier sounds but didn't find much (not very surprising). Same for a good amount of other pickups, I guess marketing has really done its job here. But I think we have enough proof that "it works", right? So I was thinking of making this thread so that people can share their experience - what lower output/"not marketed for metal" pickups have you guys used successfully for (what genre of) metal, do you have sound clips or videos, that kind of stuff (I assume specifying the amp and potential boost pedals would be a good thing too). I'd really like this thread to focus on humbucking pickups, because most guitars we guys use are routed for those, I know P90s work great and some are humbucker-sized on purpose. Me personally, I haven't used lower output pickups for metal yet, I'm relatively new to the idea... but I have some mods in mind for my first guitar (LTD M-50), and I'm really considering lower output pickups for it (maybe Alnico 2 Pros, or 59s). I like the idea of having a clean clean tone without having to roll the volume knob back, because I never touch my controls while playing... so I'd want a really clean clean tone on the clean channel, then a really brootz brootz tone on the gain channel, nahmsayin? High gain amps have a ton of gain on tap, and instead of using high output pickups and leaving the gain on 3, you can probablty use lower output pickups and put the gain on 8, right?