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I have done a few pickup swaps, but always bought a set of new PUs. If you wanted to put in higher output pickups, would would look for a matched set, or just two PUs that check off the boxes?
Sounds like you've already dipped your toes in the pool witb swapping matched sets. Time to dive in and mske your own custom set. You know what you're looking for, check the models that meer offI have done a few pickup swaps, but always bought a set of new PUs. If you wanted to put in higher output pickups, would would look for a matched set, or just two PUs that check off the boxes?
After I finally came to the conclusion I am just a single coil type player I did a similar swap to my SG, and went with a T-Armond in the neck, and BG Pure 90 in the bridge..
Depends on the guitar and what I want it to do.
One LP style has a Gretsch style Dynasonic in the neck and a P90-HB in the bridge.
Another LP style I converted the HB neck to single coil for cleans playing and put it on a push/pull that when 'up' puts the second coil in parallel for some Strat Quack. Bridge HB has an Arlo Cocked Wah from Esquire circuits on it and is perfect for high gain.
Tele is an Esquire-HB with no neck pickup, but a four way switch runs both coils.
So, no you don't need matching pickups. You mostly need to figure out how you play and the tones you want. Then choose pickups from there.