Passive pickup suggestions for basswood

HungryGuitarStudent

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I’m thinking about putting in Seymour Duncan Custom 5 and a 59 in a basswood body, maple neck and rosewood fretboard guitar (bolt-on, fixed bridge).

I’m looking for a smooth lead tone with a bit of PAF tonality (for ex., Per Nilsson on Singularity 1) and good low end for metal riffing (for ex., Alluvial). I currently have EMG 57-7/66-7 and I don’t like the lack of low end.

My choice is based on the SD EQ curve for the custom 51 and 59 (and on some gear demos). Am I making a good choice for my objectives ?
 

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I’m thinking about putting in Seymour Duncan Custom 5 and a 59 in a basswood body, maple neck and rosewood fretboard guitar (bolt-on, fixed bridge).

I’m looking for a smooth lead tone with a bit of PAF tonality (for ex., Per Nilsson on Singularity 1) and good low end for metal riffing (for ex., Alluvial). I currently have EMG 57-7/66-7 and I don’t like the lack of low end.

My choice is based on the SD EQ curve for the custom 51 and 59 (and on some gear demos). Am I making a good choice for my objectives ?
Why not just try an EQ pedal, giving a slight push around the 100s and 200s?
 

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Custom 5 and ‘59 is a classic pair. Perfect set for PAF sounds.
 

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Why not just try an EQ pedal, giving a slight push around the 100s and 200s?

I could, but I also dislike other characteristics about the EMGs. I could do surgical EQ to get what I want, but that would be time consuming since I change tones a lot (depending on the mix I’m playing over).
 

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Sure, but an eq pedal would also let you cover more ground and fine tune better. Pros and cons.
 

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The EQ pedal suggestion is a good one, but if you go with changing the pickups I think you’ve picked the right set
 


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