Howdy peeps, i'm looking for some info/opinions on lace pups for an 8 string with passive routs that i have. I'm looking for a djentish type high gain tone that's clear and even across the strings and clear, even clean tones which aren't harsh - i've got 7 string juggernauts and love their neck pickup clean sounds. The guitar is ash bodied with a maple neck and with the aftermaths that are in it it's very bright. I quite like the aftermath distortion but i'm having issues with 8th string pole piece height. Any higher/lower (i'm talking half a turn) and the string has no sustain when fretted at all and sounds choked. This wouldn't be an issue except that because it's so close the 8th string has a lot more bottom end than the other strings, isn't even tonally and is just generally pissin me. I've tried warpigs and they're awesome too but i had similar 8th string issues. I'm interested in the deathbar bridge/x-bar neck but do not want to rout the cavities or drill new mounting holes. Can anyone tell me what my options are as far as using the passive routs and mounting hole pattern? Also can anyone provide tonal experience with these things in 8 string context and whether they're suitable for a bright guitar like this? Sorry for the saga and thanks in advance.