So with the standard routes in my 7620 and no foam, the Crunch Lab 7 is pretty damn rocking' sounding (left it at church, can't measure string-to-bobbin height right now but it's between 3 and 4 mm), definitely bassy but hot and clear. The LiquiFire 7, on the other hand, with no foam is a touch weaker, but it's already pulling the strings enough to make wolf tones above about the 12th fret, and they get noticeable at the 15th and up. Artificial harmonics are the same way, wolfy and lame sounding. When holding down the 24th fret, pickup distance seems roughly the same as at the bridge.
These things are fucking loud... by using the input meter on my Axe-Fx, I'd estimate their nominal output voltage to be similar to a set of EMG humbuckers! Also, the Crunch Lab and D-Sonic (and possibly the LiquiFire) are deeper pickups than most DiMarzios, from what I'm reading and by comparing to SD/BKP pickups and my recollection of how deep the Blaze is that I have in my other guitar.
I figure I need to drop the LF by a couple of mm to clear up the tone and stop fucking with my intonation/clarity, and the CL by about the same to match volumes.
Sounds like a good excuse to buy a router, though I really want a Dremel too.
Any advice on this front -- easiest way to route this thing out, how to do a good job of it, pitfalls to avoid -- anything would be great.
Quigs, or someone with a Petrucci guitar with CL or D-Sonic pickup that came stock - can you measure the stock pickup distance for me? I figure that's a pretty solid reference point - The Man probably doesn't allow his guitars to ship with tone problems like this.
If you value your guitar don't do it man. I almost refretted my Jacksons with the Stew Mac kit earlier this year, but luckily came to my senses before I purchased the thing. I mean if you are at thanksgiving dinner and your grandma keels over with a heart attack you aren't gonna be like, "Lets Macgyver up a catheter to save this bitch."
Some things are just better left to professionals.