I just got a Jazz Bridge/C5 combo put in my Epi LP Custom yesterday... man, the C5 sounds awesome! Tight low end, crunchy, doesn't mud under too much gain... not the best metal pickup but for midgain rock it sounds great! Really clear articulation, string seperation, punch, good cleans, I think it's exactly what I wanted out of a bridge pup.
The Jazz on the other hand... it has a very sweet lead tone, but the low end is VERY muddy, but with and without distortion. I've done some adjusting of the pup height (I'm working on it more right now) but I can't seem to tighten up that low end! Has anyone had this problem, or should I just keep tweaking?
On a side note, the electronics in the Epi are still stock but I have .047 orange drops and guitarworks pots waiting to be put in... I learned how to solder yesterday
So should I tweak, replace the electronics, and then figure it out? Or is the Jazz perhaps not the neck pup for me if I play mainly rhythm and clarity/punch/string seperation in chords (especially in the bottom end) is my top priority? I play on a Mesa Roadster, which is pretty bassy itself, but the C5 sounds AMAZING and tight and the SD description says it has "extended low-mids."
Pearly Gates, Full Shred, Screamin Demon come to mind. I dig the slightly vintage vibe of the C5 and prefer to keep that characteristic for the neck pup.