Hi everyone, This guitar is a f***ing masterpiece and I want to buy it, fit it with .009 - .090 guitar strings and play the living sh** out of it: http://www.novaxguitars.com/popups/CH8-swaash-trateal-p1.html I've saved up most of the money already. However, I play a very wide range of styles, from technical/polyrhythmic chaotic metalcore stuff (Danza, Ion Dissonance, 'Dillinger w/8 strings' type sh**) to technical ambient, almost exclusively 4- to 8- finger tapping-run/chordal technoish post-metal/post-rock ('Russian circles but cleaner and much more technical and less "straight-forward rock"-oriented')... I don't f***ing know you get the idea lol. Anyway, I'm POSITIVE that this CH8 would be perfect for the clean stuff, but I have my doubts concerning its viability to produce a satisfactory "modern death metal/chaotic metalcore"-type tone considering -the current pickups, which are made by Bartolini ('jazz' pickups?) -the configuration of the pickups My concern with the pickup configuration is the following; to get that nasty f***ing grind/midrange-heavy knarly that I'm looking for on a standard 8 (or a 6 or whatever), I've always of course used the bridge pickup... but on the CH8, the bass pickups are located very far from the bridge and so I doubt I could get that sort of tone. Is my thinking flawed? If I'm going to pay 3500+ for a guitar I want it to do everything I need it to! SO... what do you guys think? If I'm wrong about the two items above, please correct me! Or, if you think my concerns are valid, what do you suggest? Please note that I have no experience routing etc. so that's not an option. I'd certainly be willing to pay someone to do it though, if they were reputable blah blah blah (I saw a thread on here about almost this exact situation, and the dude said he was going to send his CH8 to siggery, also not an option as many of you know all too well...). Lastly, yeah I know I can go get a bada** Oni for about the same price I just don't want to wait 2 years! THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ!