I'm the proud owner of an ESP Viper and an ESP Phoenix.
I really love my Phoenix which is loaded with a JB/Jazz set; great sounds, great guitar!
Recently I've purchased an ESP Viper standard which came with EMG's (81,85).
I'm absolutely loving the guitar but totally hate the EMG's...They just lack character and seem lifeless/sterile.
I've decided that the EMG's have to go and am going to swap them out with some passives. ESP is often associated with metal which isn't weird hence their list of endorsees.
I lean more towards classic rock/ blues rock and some old school metal (Priest, Ozzy, Maiden etc).
I could just swap the pickups out for another set of JB/Jazz but that just seems like the easy way out doesn't it? Seymour Duncan offers loads of different pickups so I'm more likely to take a different set and get some new/different sounds.
The guitars (phoenix and viper) are different however so I'm aware that they will sound different anyway. The viper is solid mahogany, neckthrough construction with an ebony fingerboard while the phoenix has a wonderful maple neck, neckthrough with mahogany wings and an ebony fretboard.
I'm open for suggestions; let's hear 'em!!!