I got a new Jackson WRXMG with EMG 81 and 85's and mind you I have never used active pickups before. Sounds like crap! Well mainly because its distorted as hell. So how do you use these thing? First thing I tried was guitar to amp bypassing my effects. No good, so I then tried %25 volume. That got rid of the distortion ( mostly ) but killed the hi's. Using the high gain input helps a bit but still the worst sound I have ever head out of a guitar in my life. So how do you get a nice clean sound out of these? I'm using a 5150 btw and I dont use the heavy channel because I do all my effects and distortion with my 2101. So its just a nice clean channel. I hate to rip out pickups on a new guitar, especial if it has a warranty. I sure hope I'm missing something here.