I've had an RG8A for sale on Craigslist for a couple years with very little interest, I just never really bonded with an 8 string and the pickups were awful. I thought about changing them but I didn't want to go to all the trouble removing the active circuit etc. A few weeks ago I get an offer for a 5150 head, even trade. I'm pretty well set on amps but I thought why not, if I don't like it I'll probably have a lot better time selling the amp than this guitar. Finally got to give it a good try at volume today, WOW this thing is a gain monster. A bit different sounding than I'm used to, my main high gain amps are a Mesa .50 Caliber and a Carvin Legacy 3, but I have to say I'm impressed. Bad cell phone pic but here it is on my 4x12"