Hey everyone, I'm working on my first custom build and am looking for some passive pickup suggestions (guitar build details listed below). I don't have much experience when it comes to looking for pickups and choosing which tone is right. I've been trying to nail down interesting options via YouTube, but it's hard to tell if those same tones will transfer to this build. I'm looking for a set of pickups that will pair well with metalcore, but still have flexibility for other styles like prog metal. The plan is to run the guitar with some high gain amplifications, so I'm looking for something that can provide lows that aren't too muddy or highs that are too bright (if that makes sense). For the tuning, this will likely be in C standard or drop A#. My primary rig is just a POD GO with headphones. The only pickups I have experience with are those that came as stock in my current collection of guitars (PRS CE 24 - 85/15, Epiphone Les Paul Std - ?, Ormsby Hype GTR 7 - Nunchucker / De la creme, Yamaha PAC012 - ?, Ibanez RGIB21 - EMG 81/60). Out of these, the only pickups the only ones I'm not a fan of are the EMGs. I have seen suggestions for using BKP Cold Sweat for the neck and a Painkiller or Holy Diver in the bridge. I have also seen lots of recommendations for the Nazgul/Sentient and Pegasus/Sentient SD pickups, but I don't know how that would translate to this build. I'm currently in favor of the Holy Diver bridge and Cold Sweat neck, but I wanted to see if anyone had any other suggestions that are worth looking into. The BKPs are cool, but they're rather expensive and I'd have to import them to the US. Guitar Details: 6 String, 25.5" scale Ash super strat body (unknown ash species) Pickup routing for bridge and neck direct wood mount humbuckers Routing for a blade switch, 1 vol, and 1 tone control Warmoth wenge neck (22 fret) with ebony fretboard Hipshot fixed bridge Schaller locking tuners Tuning - Likely C Standard, Drop A# This is also my first time installing my own electronics, so if you have any tips, let me know!