Re: Dimarzio IBZ pickups
Over the years there's not been a lot of love for the IBZs here. Glad to see there are some folk giving them love. I actually think they are decent sounding pickups. I have them as standard in my '05 RG2550. My one criticism of that guitar is it sounds a bit dark, however that's the basswood and my preference for harder and brighter body materials these days to my ears. The pickups are good IMO. The neck especially is nice, as I'm not usually a fan of neck pickups, however it's a lot sharper and hotter than most neck PUs, so I like it a lot.
I also like the INFs in my S1 25th. I'm not exactly a tonehound but to my ears they are just fine!
For what its worth I've never swapped any pickups in a guitar. If I don't like the sound I don't buy it, end of... but then I've never tuned a car engine either. Again, if it's not fast enough, I don't buy it...