I live in India and have been playing guitar for the past two years or so.
I have an Epiphone Les Paul Special II connected to a Marshall MG10CF. So its a very simple and a basic rig. I wont be buying a new guitar for a few years as I want to be good with my playing as well sounding good tonally and technically. Hence I need to upgrade my pickups and I have a small budget of about 200 dollars.
I like to play metal, blues, funk and acoustic/pop songs. I love the Stratocaster's bright neck sound and want a similar feel for the les Paul or close to it as much as possible and a very heavy sounding fat bridge like a regular les Paul. I have shortlisted emg hz h4 and h4a and Seymour Duncan JB sh4 and Jazz neck sh2n.
I don't want to put active pickups as my guitar doesn't have space to put a battery in the cavity.
So guys should I keep it stock or research for alternative brands or any other suggestions.
I will be grateful for your inputs and advice.