I was at Brisk's house yesterday and had the pleasure of playing his Live Wire Heavy metal in one of his teles. I must say this pickup has probally double the output of any pickup I have EVER played including anything made by EMG, X2N, Invader, XL500, etc. This pickup was flat out sick, it pounds an amp so hard! I played it through 2 different setups, a Traynor YCV 40 and also a Fender Champ with a Duncan SFX-03 in front of it. Through the Traynor it made the Traynor sound like a Marshall full stack. The Traynor was on its gritty channel but, with most guitars it sounds like some bluesy kind of grit, not a whole lot of it at that. The Live wire hit it and it did sound like a cranked Marshall! I kid you not! With a pedal and the champ you could pull off metal with it also! I was very surprised it did that well myself. I went in nopt having many expectations but, my mind was changed quickly!
If you folks like high output and are playing one of the other pickups I have mentioned, you MUST try one of these! It reminds me of a cross between a Custom, A distortion, and an Invader but, with ALOT more output. You will have to turn the gain down alot though! This would also be a GREAT pickup for the younger crowd looking to play metal through a small bedroom amp or an amp with not much distortion on its own.
The cool thing about this pickup, it dosent sound like an active either! Sounds like a passive that has been boosted to all hell! The tone charts say the output is off the scale, I didnt know it was going to be that high! ALOT higher than I expected!