First off, first post. I tried some searches, but couldn't find exactly what I was looking for (which ultimately is a discussion.) Anyways, thanks for having me. Here's the story: I have had a '58 RI (2007 plain top) for five years. Awesome guitar. Huge neck, quite heavy, it's one of the most harmonically complex guitars I've ever played plugged in (in spite of it being a bit boring unplugged). If you asked me, I'd probably tell you that the burstbuckers that came stock are in the running for the favorite PUPs of any guitar I own. Fast forward to a couple weeks ago. I just got a LPB-7, a little less than a pound lighter (almost exactly 9 lbs), slightly smaller neck that sounds amazingly dynamic when not plugged in. Sounded fine in the store plugged in, but I never really know unless I plug it into my rig. Tend to make decisions on how they sound acoustically more than anything else. Anyways, in theory these two guitars should have the exact same pickups in them (unless I'm looking at the wrong info). I can't tell if they have the same construction (it looks like the '57RI might have a mahogany top, but I can't confirm). What's weird is that the 57 is completely lifeless plugged in on the bridge pup. No dynamics. No harmonic richness. honestly, really boring. Not sure if it matters, but the '57 measured 8.23 and the '58 measured 7.99 (which I found shocking, would have guessed that the '58 would have been near 9). Is it possible that I just got a crappy bridge pickup in the '57. Are there any things I should try before I swap it out for a new one?