I did remove the passive emgs and put in the official zakk wylde active emg humbuckers...makes a huge differnce. THis guitar is a raging beast that i keep in drop D. and have used it on the newest GIDEONS MOB album!
Many artists use this as a recording guitar and it's easy to see why, great string tension with any gauge strings at pretty much any tuning. Pick ups although not active are clear and seriously powerful. Neck is great and the fretboard gives a good playing experience. The bullseye finish is a head turner. Not just for metal either, with some effect tweeking this guitar can do anything, but cranked up to 13, it will soar and scream as much as you want and need it to. Yes, it's not the Gibson model, but for the money, this is a seriously good guitar.