I mostly play metal of all kinds (Pantera, Mastodon, Gojira, even some brutal death stuff) using my Les Paul STD. It's not a full metal go-to guitar, but for me - I like exactly what I get from it.
I recently got into "less heavy distortion stuff" (polyphia, ichika nito, to brit-rock stuff), the more Strat-like guitars sounds, mid-neck sound.
I found a good priced 2nd hand Musicman Silhouette 2000 model with the stock Paf Pros pickups: It's great (maybe the most) comfortable 24 fretted maple neck. alder wood. suited my needs. seemed to handle well distortion too, mid-neck mode was awesome.
Both are very different in specs.
With time i noticed that I'm not satisfied with the sound of it with heavier distortion sounds:
Bridge pickup sound "muddy" or "noodley". Or just lacking the "powerful" flavor. no crunch-sharp power chords. I just cannot describe it other than that.
I am maybe comparing it to a gibson, but idk. maybe it's just the pickup that sucks? I'm not sure if i should replace the bridge pickup or plan to get a new one.
I was sure it would be my "all in one" versatile standard tuning guitar. it's not.
I went to a professional to confirm nothing is wrong with the pickup/height btw
1. Should I replace the bridge pickup. since I am generally satisfied (should cost me around ~200$ with the installation).
2. or Sell it and get something else, which then I'm not sure which will be a good all-in-one guitar (bridge pickup that can handle heavy distortion, mid-bridge and mid-neck mode for polyphia/britrock stuff, neck pickup for blues/jazz).
I thought of PRS CUSTOM, mahogany guitar. note sure if non-balanced wood would be the right choice. so maybe the more strat guitar to fill the "void". Suhr modern plus?
I do have the savings, and defiantly considering, but I do have that other side in my brain telling me "there are same quality guitars you can get with half the price, wt* are they charging this much". Basically recommend me guitars that I might.