Wish I had caught this the first time through.
I play what is essentially an Esquire with a Piledriver in the bridge. I've been through at least six or seven other "hottish" pickups, and this one is the closest to the sound in my head by far. Hell, it's the only one I've kept in the guitar for this long.
The thing pushes my Marshall like a P-90 or a humbucker would, but still has a good amount of single-coil bite to it. Even at high gain, I can roll the volume back an get a really nice, semi-twangy sound too. This is something I didn't actually expect based on most of the other pickups I've tried.
The only thing I wish for is a little more lower midrange roundness. The pickup isn't scooped by any means, but I'd take some more. If I could get it. My favorite aspect is that the low end is nice and tight, unlike several other pickups that are now hanging on a cork board on my wall.
I give it my endorsement.
For reference, the Piledriver is:
-Way less harsh than my HD Super90
-Tighter and more robust than my Don Mare 0038
-Warmer than my DiMarzio Virtual Hot T
-Massively clearer than my Duncan Quarter Pounder
-Badder than the other 3 or 4 various stock pickups I've tried.
"I think I'll go for the life of sin, followed by the last-minute, presto-change-o, deathbed repentance."
- B. Simpson
"...Because we all expect the truth, we must be the best of fools."
- Stiff Little Fingers