Referencing from this thread that was getting too dispersive: long story short, I have an all-mahogany (body, top, neck...quite a slab of dark wood!) plus ebony fingerboard Schecter C1. The guitar is very dense and with very little acoustic resonance, hence very dark. I once ordered a BKP Nailbomb alnico which I thought was the end-of-it-all pup for me after extensive research and contact with BKP. While I found it perfect in terms of definition and tightness (and for detuning as well), EQ-wise it's been always too dark and muffled for my taste, kinda like always playing with zero presence on any tone no matter how much mids/treble I stuffed in and no matter the pup height. Or like hearing my tone from the room next door, blah blah you got the usual metaphors. Checked the wiring and it's all good. A close friend of mine, who's been really a guitar geek over the years (had 50+ guitars from any brand, and swapped more pickups that I can count) recently got my same exact guitar. He also had a NB (both A and C versions) in the past, so he knows the pickup and he knows his stuff. I've been asking him advice for quite some time, and he now confirmed the specific guitar is so dark, it would need a very open pickup to come alive. Especially for my taste in tone. So the NB maybe has to go... Some considerations: 1. At neck position, I have a Duncan Jazz which I love. Perfect, not intending to change it. Also I WANT TO KEEP THE CHOICE ON DUNCANS both for budget reasons and voicing match, no more boutique stuff, too much hit and miss and costly. So please don't advise any other brand. 2. I intend to keep the guitar somehow metal oriented, after all it's a 24-fret superstrat (I also have my old strat which I modded HSS, so that can do other stuff), but not so much I'll be able to play nothing but metal on it. Basically, I like Tremonti's concept in approaching pickups: hot bridge, vintage neck. So I can have the bite but also with a bit of versatility. I also consider myself a "Tremonti" kind of guy, meaning I grew up as a metalhead but never played that much quote unquote "metal" rather than heavy rock, I'm more metal in playing style and approach than anything else. Got the idea? I don't want anything extreme. 3. Detuning? Yes. I just have 2 guitars, I spend most of my time in standard E but this is the one I'd intend to detune if needed. The lowest I ever detuned by now is drop C. 3. I grew up on a Duncan Hot Rails equipped strat, so I REALLY love open, bright and mid-heavy tones. Maybe the NB wasn't the right choice for the specific guitar. Reference metal tones: Iron Maiden, Death (latter), Alter Bridge/Tremonti. I like singing, mid-forward vocal leads, while retaining single-note fatness and chunky rhythms. Not djent-tight, just the right bass response amount to have some old school chugging fun. My picking hand will do the rest. Also, I do like my harmonics. 4. I don't care that much for alnico VS ceramic as long as the pickup has the qualities I need. If I really have to tell, I'd be biased towards alnico though. So all of this being said and after massive research, I narrowed it down to the JB VS the Distortion. Both go well with the Jazz neck. Previously been considering the Custom too but at this point it's just too bass-heavy to fit the guitar. I know the JB and DD are basically the same pup with different magnets, but these are my thoughts on them by now: JB Pros: Seems like a great "360" kind of pup, incredible vocal qualities on leads, decently tight on bass (I guess as long as I use the right technique and strings, it will be fine for thrash-death stuff as well), decent cleans. Cons: the only thing that scares me is that infamous mid-honk across the whole register. It will sure work wonders for sitting in a mix, but will it haunt my dreams? That same thing however is what gives that awesome vocal tone on the highest strings so yeah. Also, maybe a little thin on single notes? Plus, will it hold on detuning? DD Pros: tight bass but still mid-heavy, no mid-honk (it seems?), sure holds on low tunings Cons: lots of compression, lost that sweet quality on leads, meh cleans, very metal-oriented in the narrow sense. Basically the pup should be as clear, articulate and defined as possible, balanced and-or open sounding (not scooped for sure!), nicely tight (the old school kind), aggressive but not too compressed, not extremely hot, decent cleans if possible (I can always resolve to the Jazz neck in the worst case scenario). By now it's an almost 1:1 tradeoff of lead VS rhythm qualities between the two candidates that overall favors the JB in the big picture. I saw lots of YT and audio demos, but amongst poor players and-or poor recordings...you get the picture, it's impossible to get an idea. So any first hand opinion and-or demo would help. The thing is, I don't have the means or the budget to try both. I'm also left-handed so I can't hunt for guitar shops or borrow guitars. I need to be clear-minded about the choice. I think I explained everything I had in mind, on to you now.