There is many theories about pickups and now we have like hundreds different pups to choose from , but my choice for this guitar would be DiMarzio Mega Drive for bridge and DiMarzio Fred for neck position. Mega Drive is still available from DiMarzio and this is a little bit forgotten pick up . Tony's McAlpine "Maximum Security" was recorded with Mega Drive. They sounds great with mahogany body and rosewood or ebony fret boards . Shredding in higher registers on ebony board produce unbeatable highs. Second choice would be Seymour Duncan Blackouts. For years I have been using active Duncan's and EMG's and I prefer Duncan mostly for the low end. Of course all this above is matter of musical taste. There is no standards or rules in pickups selection, and I believe it shouldn't be. I tried a lot of pickups with my guitars and had tried almost all pickups offered by DiMarzio and Seymour, a few from PRS and Bare Knuckles , few Gibson's .You can find something interesting with all of them. About year ago I ordered set of custom pickups from very small pickup company in Germany. Rubezahl Toneabnehmer . I explained what I want and they build set of pickups for me (Sphinx...custom name) About 4 minutes and 27 seconds after arriving I started installation. Warmed up amp and hit the strings......my jaw dropped. Sound of this pickups was incredible. Low end and singing highs. I was so surprised But as I said...this is matter of taste and I believe there is a thousands peoples who love Pearly Gates and thousands of people who would choose other pickup.
Hi Dariusz, Thanks for all your comments. You're right, there are so many choices and a lot of great ones for everyone to pick from. What pickups each player likes is a matter of personal choice.
Solid colors would be great. I don't get only one thing about this guitar. Pickups. Pearly Gates ? This is like to put in to Lamborghini Aventador Geo Metro engine .
Hi Dariusz, What kind of pickups would you put in this model?
In my experience SD Pearly Gates are fantastic pickups for blues and classic rock styles. Amazingly good, actually - like a PAF with a little more output. Someone who wants to play metal would probably want something heavier though.
Hi Jonathan, Thanks for your comments and suggestions.
Dariusz M., that's a poor analogy, because the Pearly Gates is a GREAT pickup. Perhaps it does not have the output YOU desire, but that's YOUR taste. Further, I like the idea that ESP/LTD offers something different from the EMGs and JBs that typically come installed in its competitors' guitars in this price range. It seems like you need to contact the ESP Custom Shop.
Hi Jean, Thanks for those great points. You're right and Dariusz is also right! Everyone has their own tastes for which pickup they prefer, some want higher output and others lower output, etc. I agree with you that it's nice to have a change from the classic JB/59 set and the Pearly Gates is a very clean sounding pickup. One thing I've learned over the years from working with professional artists is that you get better tone if your signal coming into the amp is cleaner, so overdriven pickups can still sound cool but they lose a lot of clarity.
The looks and specs of this model is great! I really like the idea of an M model with a hipshot bridge and ebony fretboard.
I am really curious how it would look like in the "militray green" satin finish with white binding. Any plans of doing this in othere finisshes? The Koa top looks great.
Hi SpaceWave, thanks for your comments. I'm sure this design would look great in some different finishes. Usually we try to offer exotic tops with transparent finishes for the 1000 series but we could offer this in some solid colors in the future.