Hi y'all expert pup switchers. I recently put in a Jazz/JB in my G310, which was a huge compliment in sound quality. Though I don't like my Gibson Faded very much, and tired of playing it, I have always appreciated the clarity and cleanness of the 490s, although they are a bit shrill when playing heavy stuff. Now with the pickups swapped, the Epi wails, BUT, when I compare the JB in the Epi and the 490 in the Gibson, I notice that the notes are not completely clean from the Seymours - harboring a slight tint of distortion, or in the clean channel, a lack of 100% clarity. They are also a bit darker. My question: is the pup difference due to the plain difference in the pups themselves, or is it due to the fact that the 490's output is about 8.5, and the JB is like 16.5; or a combination of the both? I am thinking that a Pearly Gates with an output similar to the 490s would "possibly" render a cleaner, more trebly note distinction without the slight hint of breakup where it shouldn't be. I play very diverse styles (clean, to dirty, to heavy), but I like to hear the notes ring in a chord and not come out like mush, as happened a times with the stock Epi pickups. Look forward to hearing from anyone that has had experience with these beasts. I won't be able to go out and buy just any pickups at any time. I searched for a year until the JB/Jazz came up used. They're way to expensive here in Chile. I have heard great things about Bareknuckles, but the price would be about 3-fold what I paid for the Seymours. Along with the Seymour upgrades, the Epi has 2 push/pulls, 500k pots and new capacitors and is wired for in Series//Parallel (Which is way cool, and has more flavor than coil tapped pups). Thanks folks.