Hi I have an Ibanez RG370DX. Had it for over 10 years. It's got stock IMF 3 pickups. It still sounds pretty good however all the screws have a really rusted look and the pickups look kind of mossy.
And I have a Line 6 spider iv 15 watt amp. When connected to the amp especially at crunch and high gain settings, the pickups emit a noise even when I'm not playing anything.
I used to play metal, however now I play rock and blues. And I'm starting to think these pickups are not suited for blues music. Do you think I should buy a new guitar or just get new pickups? Or a new amp? I used to play guitar just for fun but now I'm thinking about playing live and recording professional quality songs.
So at the moment I'm deciding between a new guitar, new pickups, or a new gigging amp (100 watts).
Ideally I'd like to buy all 3 but I'm deciding which is the most important right now so I can buy that first.
If pickups are the answer, then what pickups would you recommend? I play crunchy, hard hitting style rock and blues music. Stuff like SRV, Rolling Stones, Ted Nugent, etc.