I just purchased a used RGA8 and have heard the usual 'less than lovely' things about the pickups in it. I went looking around for some replacement pickups and have discovered that most of the pickups are Ceramic for 8-strings. Very difficult to find Alnico 8-string pups. I typically associate Ceramic pickups with a very brittle, ice-picky, modern djent sound. I am more of a progressive player and prefer a warm organic tone, usually I get that with Alnico magnets. My question is whether or not there is a reason why most pickups for 8's are ceramic? And maybe I'm delusional thinking that all ceramic pickups sound like a hollow icicle. Maybe alnico warmth is too boomy for the low string on an 8, and the ceramic magnet focuses the pitch a bit better so not everything on that string sounds like a fart? My second question is about a specific pickup. I noticed Dimarzio has a Super Distortion for 8-string, but it doesn't specify which position: http://www.dimarzio.com/pickups/8-string/super-distortion-8 I assume then it's a bridge, but what do I do about a neck pickup? Does it work for both positions, meaning I can buy two and double-down? That even sounds like a bad idea as I'm typing this. A dedicated Bridge pickup typically won't translate well to a neck pickup (except for the JB I think i've heard). Lastly, let me know what 8 string pups you suggest. Not looking to spend more on the pickups than the guitar here. I found some good deals on D Activator 8's but I was wondering if they were not great. Any help would be awesome. I have an Agile 8 with EMG's but was looking for something a bit different!!!