I just got a Lemon Drop Maple Top 408 last week and I am loving it.
I personally play mostly classic rock through Marshall and an EVH iii 50-wt amp. I do know these guitars have fantastic clean tones but I am also interested in what cool settings people have found for higher gain amp setups?
For example - I have found the bridge pickup has a beautifully wide frequency response, but you really get the full force of it when you have an amp with a bass boost - such as my DSL100. The amount of low end in there is wonderful.
Also - just like the articulation of the guitar on the cleaner amp settings, you also get nice articulation an gainier settings - a full chord but one where you can hear every note - all perfectly balanced. I love this pickup. If you want even more articulation you can set it on split coil - there is not really a big difference, just a little bit cleaner and more defined.
I also like the neck pickup on its own - I do not find it to be too thin as some people mentioned to me. I think it has a nice round tone to it.
I am not too crazy about having both pickups on at the same time - but that is true for me on almost any guitar. I personally hear phases anomalies when I set it up that way, but also the 408 does not have separate volume controls so there isn;t much way to blend the two pickups in the center position.
I am just wondering if anyone else has noticed these things - or if your amps give you different responses. I am pretty comfortable with my amp & pedal setup with a number of guitars, though, so I feel pretty confident in what I have found.
It also seems to me the CE24 10-top has a slight more growl to it - I am guessing because of the more "modern" wiring schematic (dual volume & tone pots) -- so I have wondered if anyone has experimented with different caps or resistance values for the pots in the 408 and what you might have found?