Today I had some quality, not-in-the-heat-of-a-session, time with the Artist V and the HXDA.
The other day I reported that the 408 had become my #1. Eh, not so fast, Captain Hasty Judgments!
I was mainly using the DG30 for the project I was working on. With the HXDA, I think I might still prefer the more traditional humbucking tones of the Artist V.
The bottom line? It's pointless for me to sit around comparing guitars, and anointing one or the other as a #1, though I do think the tendency to compare things is part of our DNA. Most people tend to naturally do it, and no doubt that's one thing that has propelled mankind on its journey to constantly improve our lives. Probably the first pre-human to turn a rock into a tool kept wondering if there was a better rock!
Anyway, re: my earlier comparison of the 408 and A-V...yeah, never mind.
Each is different from the other, both are insanely great.