Thanks everyone for all the input. I tried lowering the pickup, which did lower the volume, but also thinner. It still did not have the creamy, woody, smooth articulate tone that I prefer. I have many electric guitars that sound excellent through my signal chain and amp. 1976 Les Paul - Stock Humbuckers 1977 Les Paul - Stock Humbuckers 1978 Westbury - Stock Dimarzio Super Distortions 1985 G&L Rampage - Stock Pickup 1993 Fender Tele - Seymour Duncan Jerry Donahue - Bridge, Five-Two Neck 2004 Fender Start - Seymour Duncan - Pearly Gates Bridge, Alnico Pro - Middle, '59 Bridge None of these guitars require me to eq out any harshness or change my settings to make them sound acceptable. The Westbury with the Dimarzio has a louder output than the other guitars in the list. In all fairness, if I was playing a more aggressive style of music and all the guitars I was using were medium to hot output, The 498T pickup would be a better fit.