I recently upgraded my G&L ASAT Tribute Classic with Area T pickups. The stock pickups (MFD) sounded great but they didn't do higher gain stuff well and squeal like a pig when the volume gets up. So, after a ton of research, I purchased a set of Area T's from a guy on Reverb.com. I also upgraded the electronics (purchased from a guy who custom builds guitar electronics), new CTS pots, cloth covered wiring, treble bleed and PTB/Bass contour. A friend (electrical engineer) help me install the "new" pickups (using DiMarzio diagrams and instructions) and double check all of the electronic connections. This set-up sounds amazing. Great cleans, twangs like a Tele on steroids and they can bring the ROCK. The pickups (both) are nearly dead quiet when clean and twangy but get surprisingly noisy (worse than the original MFD's) in higher gain settings. So, here's my question, is this "normal" or did I miss something?