Sound — 9
In all super-strat (Jackson) neck positions (except mahogany wood bodies)this particular high output humbucker is quiet and designed to not have over-powering lows. It helps enhance the mids and highs to really get the glass like cleans and the creamy sounding solos for leads. It is very full sounding without the muddiness. It does require a "tipped" setting i.e. further from the low E and closer to the high E string. In a Mahogany body super-strat (Jackson Soloist) it is too muddy/low ended for this user. However it is an excellent bridge pick up for mahogany bodied guitars (that is where it is now). Full sounding, tight and clear.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Very durable... I have yet to run into a DiMarzio that wasn't. My oldest DiMarzio branded pick up is the X2N which I had since 1995. It sounds just as powerful as the X2N I purchased 6 months ago. DiMarzio pick ups will last as long as you let them. Plenty of wire length and very solid base plate. The springs are typically pretty long and I usually cut 1/4" off of them prior to installation. The hex head poles adjust with moderate force so they wont inadvertently move and the hex design ensure you wont slip and scratch your pick up or guitar like a slotted screw.
Overall Impression — 10
I play speed metal, thrash, and rock. This is well suited for any style. Cleans up beautifully, depending on distance from strings, some users may have to back the volume on the guitar down to not distort the amp. Awesome neck pickup to complement to the X2N bridge pick up for all non-mahogany body guitars. Perfect bridge pick-up for mahogany or really deep/low end sounding guitars. The guitars used (all in the neck spot): Jackson Dinky basswood, Jackson Dinky poplar, Jackson Rhodes poplar, Jackson Soloist X series mahogany (Bridge). Not as flat and sterile sounding as EMG actives with the same output and better harmonics. This was chosen to do just as I have described. Clean up the neck position, give more output, and balance/compliment the X2N in the bridge of my Jacksons.