I got my CE24 (as seen/heard in the videos posted earlier in this thread) back today with a fresh set of \m/ pickups. The 1st amp I plugged into was my 25th Anniversary with the HX/DA mod. My particular amp is set so the HX side is very similar to the original 25th anniversary circuit (retaining .022 uF coupling caps in the phase inverter where a production HX/DA is .1 uF). The amp was set-up for covered 59/09's and was overwhelmingly expressive with regard to harmonics and overtones. After goofing off for a few minutes I finally turned the power UP and the gain DOWN. That's when these pickups really came alive for me. Fast attack, long sustain, and pinch harminics so easy I felt like Zakk Wild. For the 1st time ever I started to understand the value of a 100 watt head. And... all I wanted to do was play the opening riff to Welcome to the Jungle over and over.
I turned the presence and treble up by about 10% to get it into a more raw state and then I was off to the races. After about 5 minutes of peeling the paint off the walls I had to shut it down and go pick up my wife from work (yes, my truck is in the shop again).
This week I'll spend some time exploring the neck pickup, split modes, and different amps (including an Axe-FX 2). I'm interested to see how well these pups clean up using just the volume knob and pup selector. I'll even put it up against The Raven and see how the \m/ treble pickups compares (full-bucker or split) to the Deep Dish 2
At the end of the week I'll send the guitar off to Queen City Guitars (Bryan) for some weedily-weedley action and hard-core riffing through his Diezel. He'll provide a comparison to Dragon 1's (what he calls "fire breathers") and the long-lasting VB/HFS combo.
So far I'm a happy boy! Stay tuned.