Simple, most of them ,including the RG 550 genesis I bought earlier this month, were almost touching the strings when I took it out of the box. I also had some experiences with setup, so that was certainly helpful too. But I think It was more obvious when I plugged it into the amplifier. It sounded horrible, I almost gave it up because of that and bad reps about the V7and 8, and wanted to just buy the RG 655. But I had listened their demos on Youtube before I went to the store and my finding was the opposite of what I heard. So, I asked the shop to lower it down and got much decent sound. To be honest, I really don't understand why this PU had got so bad reps, it is not great for modern metal but, It is very good for playing classic rock, and Metal 80s, which was actually how I remembered about Ibby!
I had done experiments about the pickup height before with my old guitars, so many that I can say that, IMHO, pickup which is set too high (or too low) will never give the right tone coming out from a guitar.
So, everytime I want to buy only one guitar but I have several choices, I will always see if the pickups are set too high first, which is quite often in my country, and ask the shop to lower them down. (of course, other things should be checked too)
I had several cheap guitars with pickups which has always been considered "bad pickups", and after several years of playing, I finally understood why people hated them. But, after I learned to setup my own guitar properly, I found that I stopped feeling I need to change the pickups anymore. That was actually an unexpected finding.
Some people said that changing pickup height will not make much difference, but, IMHO, that is not true, I would say that it will be like night and day.
Last edited by Joan; 02-27-2019 at 08:39 AM.