Doctor Turn wrote:protovack wrote: The beryllium pickups are hot, and have very strong attack with crystal clear string definition and a thick, meaty tone. I had to turn down my gain settings
Interesting that you say that, because they are much softer, Alnico II mags with a low DC resistance (I'm pretty sure the numbers were below 7k ohms down in the sixes)--the whole idea being these pickups are a throwback to the vintage, PAF-ish humbuckers of yore, ie completely opposite the more modern (read "hot") Lithiums and Thoriums.
But what's nice about lower output pickups, and especially Alnico II (and III) pickups (which I've been leaning quite a bit on lately) is the fact that the strings vibrate much more freely from the reduced mag pull on the strings. Which opens up the whole realm of harmonics that much more--they really scream and build up when you're really pushing your overdrive.
In any case, it's great that you like the axe so much. ....
That report threw me a bit as well. But I do have Duncan CCs which are A2s (or just Customs, whichever has the A2, I have both), and they are not weak at all either IMO.
(I was also wondering if he got Thoriums instead?? )