Ok this is more for my fellow metalcore/heavier style players here i.e drop tuned chug type pals. But any input is greatly appreciated.
I haven't been 100 percent satisfied with the tone I'm getting from my Les Paul studio, (mahogany wood) tuned to drop b or c usually, never higher. For additional information my bridge tone pot has been disconnected as I dig a hotter signal.
Currently a BKP ceramic Nailbomb sits in the bridge pickup position and although they do great pickups something just isn't doing it for me. Its shrilly, over top-endy and ice-picky (excuse my technical terms). The low end is very loose and I think its more of a raw punk/hardcore/death metal type pickup as opposed to a tight/modern metalcore type one.
My live amp is a 6505+ but since my old band split I've mainly been using it more at home with a DSL5c.
There are all sorts of brands out there and I'm getting a bit lost for choice.
Other pickups in the BKP range are the Aftermath (what I had in there originally but for some reason decided to change it out) and the Juggernaut. Both are "thicker" sounding pickups according to BK and this is what they've advised.
I put a Seymour Duncan JB in a Strat a few months ago and I'm loving the tone from that but its more for pop punk and rock as opposed to metalcore. Its a very high-end type pickup which works nicely with for stuff like Green Day etc. So not sure if I should whack a JB in the guitar and hope it'll do low tunings well.
EMG 81 is another choice but the hassle of the batteries puts me off.
I looked at the Fishman Fluence Killswitch Engage signature pickups and they sound amazing from the demos, tight and chuggy! But they cost near enough £200 and there's still no guarantee they'll do the job in my guitar.
I may have to go down the route of putting a few pickups in and seeing what I like/don't like, I've already changed the pickup twice so far.
So any recommendations/advice would be welcomed, (or comments to stop "tone-chasing" and being a fussy git!)
Thanks in advance gentlemen.