My Agile Intrepid 728 came stock with Blackouts. I was expecting to hate them and swap them out pretty quick, but surprisingly, I liked them After awhile though, the lack of clarity on the bridge pickup led me to swap it out for a Retribution 7. IMO the Retribution is like a more refined Blackout. Definately tighter and less gainy. But pretty similar in overall voicing. No matter what I do I can't seem to get that Monuments scratchity scratch guitar sound, which I can get pretty easily from any and all of my other passive loaded guitars through the same rig. The Retribution is still a bit too saturated and compressed for my style. Is there another active (this guitar was my first foray into actives) pickup that can get dry tones? I hit up my Sweetwater rep to see if he could get me an active mount version of the SD Custom 7, and he said yeah so... Just kinda a pain to run a ground wire from the bridge and replace all the electronics for passives. Plus I have the Liquifire 7 in the neck of another 7 that gets amazing lead tones (obvious) and a Sentient 8 in the neck of my 8 string that gets amazing clean tones... But the Blackout neck outdoes both of those pickups in both regards. Literally the best neck pickup I've ever used, and I'd be loathe to swap it out. But I'm using the bridge pup 95% of the time so maybe I should priortize that... Idunno, what do you guys think?