Re: Mo'Joe questions
i don't think it's immature not to want an evo or evo2 because you don't like vai. it's good to mention actually because you'll get recommended that pickup all day if you didn't mention it.
back to the mo joe. i have one in an alder bodied rt450. it's definitely hotter than a fred, but not as hot as higher output offerings (aka, tone zone, jb, evo, etc.). it's like slightly hotter than mid output. can it do metal? well, depends on your approach to gain. if you prefer your pickup to do the overdriving, then it may not be your cup of tea. if you like to let your amp do the work (which is how satch, timmons and lynch do it), then yeah, it can definitely handle the high gain well. the other consideration is that it is a very 'open' sounding pickup. some pickups have some natural compression going on that makes them sound 'tighter', especially on the low strings when you palm mute. the mo joe doesn't really respond that way, but it does sound very clear from string to string, has very balanced frequencies (although the upper mids are slightly higher) and allows for some crazy harmonics.
that being said, satch really hasn't used the mo joe that much (since it came out a couple years ago). you may find the fred may get the job better and offer better clarity. it just depends on your approach to tone and generating gain.