Pickup recommendations for ESP alder maple neck through for 80's rock/metal

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  1. JediMasterThrash

    JediMasterThrash SS.org Regular

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    I had a thread specifically questioning what wood to use with a BKP HD, but I'm still curious about what the best options might be from any number of vendors (DM/SD/BKP/Lungren/Fishman/Suhr/etc)
    (http://www.sevenstring.org/threads/...-vs-set-with-bkp-pickups.333770/#post-4957212)



    It's a custom 7-string guitar, and the alder + maple neck thru is not locked in stone, so you could recommend a pup and say it should go with a different wood.

    What's fixed is the FR locking trem, 25.5 scale length, dual humbucker. And I absolutely want good upper fret access so I think a neck thru will be the final decision. And I'm not interested in active pickups. And it'll have coil tapping so if I need a single-coil sound to emulate a tone it's there.

    I have an overdrive and compressor for additional pickup to preamp tone shaping. Engl e530, mosvalve mv962 and avatar cab with CL80s.



    The sound I"m going for is primarily 80's rock to metal, and 90's prog and neo-classical.
    Versatile enough for cleans, mid gains, and high gains.
    A high quality pickup for good musical harmonics and sustain, easy pinch harmonics, singing single notes, articulate chords.
    Punchy full high gain palm muted rhythms, not muddy and flubby, but not missing-fundamental HP at 250hz djent either.
    Definitely no icepick razorblade sawblade highs.
    I like the neck pickup to have a warm/creamy open vowel sound.



    I was originally pretty set on the BKP Holy Divers. Lots of good reviews, they're supposed to be great in alder, and quite versatile, and named after 80's metal.

    I've contacted most of the pickup makers for their own recommendations.

    BKP said the HD could work, but also recommended the blackhawk and miracle man.

    Dimarzio recommended a D-Activator 7 bridge (or Titan 7 bridge) and Illuminator 7 neck. But I'm still curious about the new super distortion 7.

    Suhr recommended the 7 Hot bridge+neck.



    My personal holy grail guitar tones are:
    Code:
    This from Doug Aldrich
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwI2ItIHS-A#t=2m07s
    This from Vinnie Moore
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJpDXdjf-M8
    This from Van Der Laars
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMNNfOjodoM#t=3m24s
    This from Adrian Smith
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7IdqkaGyU8#t=3m19s
    Thomas Youngblood
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn91tBlnNic
    Kiko Loureiro
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u9PnzX9Dnw#t=9m15s


    Thanks for any help.
     
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  2. JediMasterThrash

    JediMasterThrash SS.org Regular

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    how do I stop it from converting my links to media tags. It's losing the timestamp part of the link when it does that.

    Well that code tag is the closest I could get. They're not links anymore but at least the timestamp is still present
     
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  3. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire Stage IV GAS

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    holy divers are quite versatile, same with the illuminators. I'd pick between those sets (depending on your budget). They can both do anything from nice cleans to 80s riffage all the way up to pummeling death metal if need be. the illuminators have slightly better cleans ime. The illuminators may be a tad thin sounding through certain amps, but they pair really nicely with thicker sounding amps like mesas.
     
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    Alex79 SS.org Regular

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    The Miracle Man works well with maple - think George Lynch.
    The Holy Diver a great choice for that style.
     

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