Re: V8 V7 magnet swap question
Go to LonePhantom's profile, there's a link to his page.
The bridge does get marginally hotter, but it gives it more mids and tightens up the bottom end, so it's not quite as muddy, to my ears.
The biggest difference I hear though is actually in the neck p/up.
Clean the V7 stock is thin and squeaky to me, almost nasal sounding.
Now it's nice and round sounding clean, very full and punchy and dirty it's really nice and smooth, even harmonics with my Vox and it just 'sings' without sounding gritty or loose.
I don't know of any video/audio demos, I thought about doing one but haven't had a lot of energy (been very ill) and haven't been playing, and since I don't have a 'before' recording anyway, it really wouldn't show how different it is.
I wondered the same thing, Phantom.
I'd like to think that they actually were spec'd that way originally, and someone screwed up when the model was sent to manufacturing and since that's what went out originally, they just never made the correction.
I'm sure I'm way out in left field with that one, but I still want to think they made a really nice set up p/ups and it was just an error that messed them up, since the DO really sound nice with the alnico in the neck, and the ceramic in the bridge.