Well, it showed up today! I'm in love! It's not a perfect flame, but it's good, and the top and back also match. Is that normal?
This is my third guitar (Mira and SC HB Std) with 57/08s, and I still love them. Both of the other guitars have coil taps, and I can already tell I'm going to have to do this mod here, too. I really wanted an SC HB I, because I was worried about the II being too bright with a maple top and back. Out of the three guitars I have with these pickups, this is the darkest! I was a little shocked, in a good way. It's a throaty, bluesy beast. I may end up swapping the 11s for 10s at some point, but that's down the road.
Photos courtesy of Sweetwater:
And one of our bassist's new beaut: