I have been using DD's now for around six months now, and I just think I just got bored of the sound. I thought that I was a ceramic guy but after all the ceramic pickups I tried (X2N,DA,DD,Emg81) I just started to hate the "ceramic" sound.
I've been listening to a few clips lately and I've found one clip in particular that has blown me away! It was a clip of the custom 8 through a Marshall DSL 100. It is exactly what I'm looking for! I just love the smooth mids/highs, the warmth, and the clarity of that pickup. I recently just changed music styles from "Extreme" metal to more atmospheric/ambient metal stuff, so clarity on the chords is a must.
I was also thinking of trying the alternative-8 since I'm afraid of mag-swapping.... does anyone have experience with the alt-8? please tell me everything about the pickup!
Here is the clip of the custom 8: