Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
the Evo neck pup on the VWH is very similar to a PAF pro. its a high output pup, but sounds very musical. especially if you make sure its not too close to the strings. the bridge pup is probably a little too high output for you, it certainly is for me, though can sound pretty nice quite some distance away from the strings. mines about 5mm away (much like Vai's on EVO I noticed). worst possible scenario, you could change it for something a little less hot like a FRED (as used by Joe Sat).
it's a great sounding guitar, and pretty versatile. when set at pos 2 and 4 on the switch, the humbuckers are single coils in pair with the mid single coil, so you get strat-ish tones. i love my VWH. but I still have a PRS McCarty loaded with Santana Zebra's for the Les Paul like tones. And I often think about replacing the bridge pup in the VWH for a FRED.
i'd never describe it as brittle and crisp. infact its quite bass and mid driven.
fingerboard wise, I've pretty much always been a rosewood guy too, but to be honest, other than its looks, I dont really feel or hear any difference between ebony and rosewood. certainly not in the same way as I did with ebony on Gibsons, which I always thought was kinda plastic like. its very evidently wood on the 7VWH.