I jumped on the C8 this past weekend. also a JB8. never even tried a regular Custom before. tried the C5 a few years back, but didn't care for it. the C8 is in a alder hum/hum with a FSn, rosewood board, 1/2" brass block, both pups wired to split indepently on push/pulls. I do like the sound. it's pretty much what a lot of the guys have been saying. it's not going to cure cancer, but it works well enough to keep it. I do like the JB8 more, but that's me. the A8s don't clean up for me as well as I'd like when split and on a clean amp setting... but still cleaner than a DD did in similar conditions.