Since getting my SX SST 57 (Strat) I've been using it almost exclusively (newness). I remember my new Version 3 VJ Combo sounded so FAT before with enough GAIN to fry an Egg - but not so much lately? Today the wife went shopping and I fired up my Agile LP - WOW! What a difference Humbuckers make... single coils are nice but if you own a VJ (or Blackheart) you owe it to yourself to fire up a set of HB's and KRANK that baby wide open - MAN OH MAN - talk about GAIN - FAT FAT FAT! Sounds like a friggin' POOR MAN'S MARSHALL.
That's what ODs are for. A good OD can easily make up for single coil's lack of output.