is it possible that amp simulation processes the guitar signal so much that it masks the tonal qualities of different pickups? If so, then amp simulation is more limiting than I previously thought. What do you guyz think?
I use a POD XT Live, and my kid uses a Digitech RP50. Both provide amp simulation.
My guitar is an Ibanez S470DXQM-NF. I have replaced all three pickups, two Duncan humuckers and a Fender Lace for the middle.
It did not make a noticible difference in tone. But even switching betwen the pickups, I find they all sound very similar. Same on my kids guitar, a low end Ibanez. I replaced his bridge pickup
with a Duncan Screamin Demon, and it sounds very close to the stock pickup in the neck position (obviously the tone is slightly different because of the pickup position).