sorry, i understood your question wrong, i thought you wanted a dark sounding guitar, me bad.I’m using a helix and even reducing the bass to a ridiculous amount doesn’t seem to do much.
That's actually what DiMarzio does with the Blues Bucker, a Humbucker with an unmagnetized second coil. That makes it more into a P90 kind of sound. If you split it, it still has enough beef but clears up well with no volume drop. You can even rotate the pickup with the magnetised coil orientating towards the bridge to make it more Strat like.Supposedly it keeps the pickup humbucking but makes it a lot brighter. It changed the character of the sound to something I like more, but didn’t really lighten it up any more.
Couple suggestions. Like you I primarily am a Worship player so my first thought would be a Duncan Saturday Night Special set. Really sweet tight and articulate with a nice crisp high end. Very very nice clean with an almost acoustic character when used together. Will be much clearer and brighter than you JB/Jazz Hot Rodded set. Also the A4 mags give these a unique attack. Very very very solid set for the tones you see in Modern Worship. If you go with these use the full set.I have two guitars. A MIJ Fender Telecaster that sounds fantastic, and a ESP ES-1000 with evertune that plays fantastic.
My ESP feels amazing in the hands and is very easy to play, but the Seymour Duncan pickups are really dark. I'm playing through a Helix LT and I haven't really been able to overcome how dark it sounds. The telecaster will do ice pick bright, and then you roll off the tone and it's perfect.
The pickups in the ESP are Seymour Duncan HB/Jazz set, which I've read are supposed to be pretty bright for humbuckers. I've fiddled with their spacing and even removed the pole pieces to help lighten them up a bit, but it hasn't really been enough. A more experienced guitar player I play with mentioned they sounded a bit dark to him as well. I know the EC-1000 will never be as bright as the telecaster, but I'd like it to be closer than it is now.
I've thought about new humbuckers. Not sure where to begin looking. If the JB/Jazz set is a brighter set of pickups, then I think I may need to find something ridiculously bright, like maybe a Dimarzio Humbucker from Hell.
I can't find anywhere online what the tone pot value is. I'd be surprised if it isn't a 500k, but stranger things have happened.
When I play live its at a large church using a Helix LT direct into the sound system. I need something brighter, and I'd prefer relatively low output since I can add whatever gain I need through the Helix. (and the sound people take care of volume). I'd prefer a great clean sound that I can thicken up as needed.
Thanks in advance.