This past weekend I spent some time messing with the guitars, and replaced the neck pickup on my #1 Custom 22. I had bought a set of round bobbin uncovered 59/09s off ebay at a good price. I took a nickel cover and rubbed it against a green brillo pad a few times, melted some wax inside it with a heat gun, pressed in the 59/09 bass, soldered along the edge once it was cool, installed it in the guitar and wouldn't you know it? It sounds exactly the same!
About 4 years ago I had a different Mira than I have now, and I put a different set of round bobbin 59/09s in it, and the tone change was drastic. That particular Mira had a muddy sounding neck pickup and the 59/09 was a huge upgrade. I was expecting the same thing here on my Custom, because the DGT neck pickup I had in there was sort of borderline. It worked fine but just a little more brightness would be nice. That's what I was hoping for. No dice.
The original Dragon 2 neck pickup that came with the guitar is long gone, but I have recorded proof that it was a brighter sounding pickup. Anyone have ideas about a brighter neck pickup that works with a rotary and a DGT treble pickup?