#1
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.
Now running an Eleven Rack with Pro Tools 10.3.3 - it's amazing and I'm having ball with it - worth every penny. PT 10 is tops IMO and the Eleven Rack is a work of art!
#2
That's what ODs are for. A good OD can easily make up for single coil's lack of output.
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