The Blackouts do have a bit much output where they can get messy. I fully agree. Somehow they are better in my 8 string than the one in my 6 string Gibson Explorer. I think the combo of the all Mahogany guitar and the high output blackout with increased bass is just too much. However, I bet if I ran it with my Fortin Grind pedal it would be totally fine haha, but regardless I want to ditch it in the Explorer and probably go with Black Winters or something else. In my RG2228 I would either do Fishman if I wanted to stay active or I would just do Lundgren pickups, but I am not playing my 8 as much these days, so holding off on that.