So I just did a review of the custom with big ceramic. It's really great (see thread) I did that review after I tried the custom 8 (also cool).
This hybrid is awesome! I love the custom wind and what it brings to the table sonically. I've used it in several hybrids. I love the big low end it has with that paf(ish) flavor.
The custom with big ceramic was really cool. Huge sound! But still tight and clear (see review)
The custom/dd big mag hybrid is definitely louder in volume than the custom/big mag. It has more of a grind to it which is typical to hybrids. It's a bit more open sounding and has a brighter sound. It's not brittle or overbearing but definitely more clear. Low end is still tight and big. Custom/big mag sounds darker and warmer compared to this hybrid. Not that it sounds dark In general, but compared to this hybrid it does.
The distortion adds its bright open shredding character to it. It's still tight but adds a cutting element to it, which is typical to the Distortion, but still keeps the low end thud and bloom typical of the custom wind. I love the fullness or what I like to call "the meat" that the custom offers. This was something that was lacking with the stock Distortion. With this hybrid, it keeps the precise, shredding, cutting quality of the DD but adds the big low end thud of the custom and adds some fullness to it. This hybrid has better response (compliments of the distortion) compared to regular custom. Singing lead tone! It's more compressed obviously than alnico but the hybrid is more compressed to me than the custom/big mag, but not so much that it gets old. Custom/big mag cleans up better than this hybrid but you gain so much more with the grind,openness, tightness and aggression by adding the DD coil!
Again! It not over the top aggression. I feel like the JB8 was waaaayyy more aggressive and aggravating that either of these ( custom or DD).
This hybrid is suited for all styles rock and roll and heavy metal. It cleans up better than you would think but If u want cleaner than that.. Go with the custom8