Re: V1/V2 pups
I always swap them out as soon as possible when I buy a new Ibanez. I don't personally care for them plus I just have to change and tweak things to my liking. I pretty much stick with the CrunchLab7/Liquifire7 set or D-Activator 7 set on all my guitars.
I think the "V" pups are decent for factory pickups, just not to my liking. I think they're fine for a beginner or someone who isn't super anal about the pickup portion of their signal chain. My first-ever "real" guitar, back in 1989, was an RG550 with the stock V pups. I played them for YEARS before finally swapping just the bridge with a DiMarzio FRED. The V served me just fine for many, many years... until I became the sound snob that I am today.