@JediMasterThrash Out of interest, what model of Xiphos do you have? I have a 2007 XPT700 in red chameleon. D Activators are most definitely not OEM, but some models of Xiphos (300 series) came with Ibanez INF pickups. Assuming they were D Activators in your Xiphos, they will be embossed with 'DiMarzio'. Did you play about with the pickups heights at all before swapping them out? "I've also found that this mahagony body instills some kind of tone shape that exists in any pickup I put in it." Assuming you have a neck-thru model, the maple will have far more impact on the tone compared to a bolt-on / set neck. It make the guitar brighter.