DLB1985 NC wrote:
Does anyone know if they make new passive pickups that can give distortion but you can still clearly here the strings and chords you're playing?
The manufacturers never stopped doing so. You could try something PAF-like (Seymour Duncan has the SH-1 or "59" or a PG like _XXX_ said) for example. Though that won´t help much if you crank the gain on your amp to the max and have a distortion pedal in front of it. Besides the pickup it´s the attack on the strings that gives you the tone and the distortion. You can get a very heavy sound with half the gain and a harder attack. A lot of the 80s glam or hair band´s guitarists weren´t gain-heavy anyways (besides Mick Mars).
But if you´re more into 50s/60s rock your Kramer might not be the best weapon of choice and you might look into a Tele or Strat or something like a Les Paul Junior/Melody Maker/ES.
Practice cures most tone issues.
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