Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Bellport Village - LI, NY
I've always preferred the sound of PAF Pros since they are such a great all-around pickup. They offer a nice clean sound and drive very well. The later versions of the 77FP were direct-mounter to the body which add a lot more depth and fullness to the guitar. I also like the older-style Jem necks as on the 77FP. It has a silky-smooth oil finish that feels almost unfinished. It has a slightly bigger, deeper D-shape to it that the 7V neck.
the 7VWH plays great, too. the Evolution pickups have a hotter output and the overall tone of the guitar has a bit more presence to it. The ebony fingerboard is very smooth and easy to play on. The neck is smaller than the 77FP and more of a C-shape. It has a thicker satin finish to the neck, too.
Personally, I prefer the PAF Pro era JEMs but not significantly more.
Mike 777 Haug