89' MIJ 62' RI pickup upgrade, Single Coils/Humbuckers? NEED HELP!
I have a sunburst 89' MIJ 62' RI that I got about 3 months ago. It's a beast. I really love the big chunky neck and it's now all naturally reliced. As soon as I got it I put on a bwb pickguard. I really love the looks and feel of this bass.
Soundwise, there's a small problem. The E string is probably all I ever wanted in a bass sound. Tons of low end, great tone, great output. My problem is on more on the A and D strings. A is not so bad, tonewise it sounds great but it could be hotter. D string is lacking a lot of output, to the point that I can't ever hear myself when I'm playing chords.
I'm considering upgrading the pickups for something hotter. At the same time, I don't wanna put on a SPB-3 and just get a dead rock sound. I play in drop D with a pick and we play a kind of grungy/90's type of post-punk. I'd really like to keep the "vintage" tone. I use a SamsAmp RPM to emulate the tuby-gain type of sound. So these pickups need to handle distortion/gain well.
So? What should I get? I'm thinking of an SPB-2 or maybe the Antiquity ones. I'm not quite familiar with the Single Coil/Humbucker technicalities, so I'm a little confused on what to pick. Also, the SPB-1 could be nice, but will it be hot enough?
Anyone ever tried these and could recommend?
Any help would be gladly appreciated!