Originally Posted by Indyclone
But... it sounds to me as if you should just try lowering your pickups... I'd go with the alnico II at the bridge as well, but that's me. More of what you seem to want (warmer, woody) would come from more distance between the pickups and the strings.
Bingo! The first thing I did with my two Les Pauls (a Studio and a Classic) was lower the bridge pickups. The neck pups were perfectly positioned, just a sliver of paper higher than the pickup frames, but the bridge pups were way too high. Just lower them a floor or two depending on your sonic comfort zone. (I kept the stock 490/498 pups on the Studio and no sweat!)