I've got a custom made 8 string with hipshot bridge and tuners, spalt top, mahogany body and neck. It's equipped with DeActivators and I have to say I'd like to try others too. Good clarity, even under uber distortion, but I feel the output is low and there's just something missing. I wanted a monster, but it's tamed! Possibly the pups are a bit low, may need to raise them and see if that makes a diff.