Re: Meanstreets with intro - J-Mart
That's another nice clip, man! Great playing. IMO it has a bit too much gain for the main guitar sound, but the truth is everybody has different ears. It is right on for the intro part, which EVH recorded with a different guitar that is brighter sounding and may have been boosted to add gain. I think your VHI clips are the most convincing because the level of gain on that album is higher than the subsequent Dave-era records.
As far as I can tell, with the right amp and guitar, any pickup in the 8.5-9K range will get the early VH sound. You don't need the Duncan EVH. I happen to like the way it sounds, but I've heard Armstrong, Voodoo, Holmes, etc. pickups that sounded just about the same. Those range from $65 - $160...
My 2 cents...