I currently have a Duncan Custom in my So-Cal. It is pretty bright. I even installed a fixed tone control, and it is still pretty bright. I mean, I could work with it, but I would rather try something else, lol. I am trying an Invader next because this is my E guitar with 9-42 strings, and I want it to be able to chunk out Metallica type riffs. I have had the Tone Zone in there, and a Duncan Distortion. Both are OK, but not really "IT" yet. The Black Winter idea is for a different guitar, but I think the 2 guitars are similar tonally. If the BW is like the Custom, but with less highs, more mids, and more output, I think I could love it I know it gets compared to the Distortion, but I am curious about vs. the Custom also. I have considered the Nazgul also, but I already have a Nazgul/Sentient in a different guitar. I generally dont like to have 2 of the same pickup, just for variety.