Originally Posted by Phelonious Ponk
Buy the one that feels and looks right to you, the one that will scream "play me " from across the room. Turn it up.if that doesn't do it, raise the pickups. If that doesn't do it,replace the pickups. In the Long run,you want the one that will inspire you to play. Don't buy a corolla instead of a Honda because you like the Corolla's tires.
I agree with this. You can replace pickups, but if the neck is only so-so - only almost
doing it for you - you'll notice it all the time and it's half the guitar.
My CVC is kind of low output but when I put a tubescreamer in front of it I still get great overdrive sounds. On the other hand, my MIM (originally had hotter ceramics) got some great drive straight into the amp without pedals but I couldn't seem to tame the constant 60hz hum. It rocked for sure, but it didn't seem as versatile as the lower output pickups in my CVC.