I haven't tried an A-B test, but the Orig 57-62s don't seem any lower output than usual. I have them screwed down fairly low under the strings, I went up and down until I found a nice sparkly tone. The neck pickup is nearly flush with the pickguard on the bass string side, and they're plenty loud enough. I wasn't looking for a "hot" sound. I suppose raising them closer to the strings would drive them harder. They sound great through a Tube Screamer into a DR. With the gain turned up, it has plenty of nice harmonic feedback. Their straight clean tone is what I really like.