Just wanted to share an experience I had today with y'all. Just to put a disclaimer up front, I'm an EQ fanatic. I've been running an MXR 10-band in the loop for a lot of years. It has helped me sculpt "my" tone and probably saved me a lot of money in amp-whoring. I bought a second MXR last year and mostly just used it with my other amp's effects loop. Well, today I tried it in front of my 6505 (with my usual 10-band in the loop as well). I wanted to see if I could dial in something even better with my SD Nazgul equipped guitar. While I love that pickup, it can be a little too tight/trimmed in the low end at times. It can also sound a little metallic if you attack the strings a certain way. Basically, I set the up-front EQ to coaxe a little more bottom-end out of the pickup (I boosted 125hz about 3db). Secondly, I placed a slight cut at 1khz to soften that metallic/nasal sound a hair, and boosted 2khz a bit as well for more grind. The result was mind-blowing. Like, unimaginably f--ing brutal. It still has all the best parts I like about the Nazgul, but now palm mutes hit you in the chest like a runaway dump truck, and the mids are richer/grindier. I always liked my Black Winter equipped guitar a little better because it already kind of sounded like this, but I may have surpassed that tone today. Gonna have to give it a go with that guitar tomorrow, hehe. The point is, lots of us spend a ton of money swapping and trying pickups, since the only way to truly know if you'll like a pickup is to try it at home through your own rig. Gets expensive and time-consuming. With my EQ up front, I was able to very noticeably change the character of the Nazgul without even getting too crazy with the settings. I think I could probably get a less-favorable pickup up to my satisfaction as well. Anyway, sorry if this is old news to you guys, but it was very eye-opening to me. TL/DR: If you've got a pickup(s) that you're kind of "on the fence" with, consider trying an EQ in front of the amp-- you might find them to be perfect pickups afterward.