Has anybody tried both the Nailbomber and Evos? What are they like in comparison to eachother?
I have both: the nailbombs in a mahogany body S series J Custom; evos in a couple of jems.
How they compare... Obviously this is largely dependent on what the rest of your rig consists of, but I'm using a Legacy 3, which is darkly voiced. The evos are considerably hotter, and higher output. I have the alnico nailbomb in the bridge position, so they're warmer and have less of a biting treble than the evos. This manifests itself in less sustain and less vicious pinched harmonics. I do find that the nailbombs react better to dynamic playing, so if you're doing an "always with me, always with you" or an "epilogue for lisa", I'd opt for the nailbombs. Of course, with the right volume control, you can do the same things with the evos, it's just a bit more work.
Now, the problem I have with the nailbombs, as good as they sound as a pickup, is that the Legacy's sweet spots for gain and presence lend themselves to the evos. This is hardly surprising, as they were designed with each other in mind. Lower output pickups like Nailbombs, PAFs etc. can sound marvellous when combined with the amp being pushed - this is what Shawn Lane opted for. However, the Legacy sounds bad when the gain is pushed to that level - it's noisy and tone is sacrificed.
Some people say the evos have ice-pick highs, and this is probably true on many amps, but the Legacy is very dark sounding and the trebles need to be dialled way up to have much impact.
The cleans on both sound really good, and it's hard to pick a favourite in this regard.
Edit: come Christmas I'm getting some equipment to record my amp and do youtube videos, so I'll do some reviews on things like the above