Paul; you say the JB is almost the ideal pickup for a mahogany body; how so? i've got a PAF Pro/Tone Zone combo in my 2027 right now, and while i like how it sounds, i'm not 100% satisfied. The neck's pretty good, but the tone Zone isn't quite cutting it for me (although i liked it in my 7620). I'll eventually swap the thing out (a little tight for cash at the moment).
What i'm looking for is something that DOESN'T sound like a Les Paul. I'm looking for something with great dynamic response (approaching a single coil in its ability to preserve the attack), and a clear but smooth high end. The Tone Zone was a little "fizzy" in the bridge for me with distortion, on amp settings that were fine everywhere else, if that gives you any reference point. (i guess the upper highs, "prescence" range if it was an amp, are too shrill for me, while the "treble" range is a bit weak)
I was thinking of trying some Duncan's, possibly, or (realizing this might be in the wrong direction) possivly an Evo-7. Any ideas?