+1 : Ain't that the truth!I had BurstBuckers in my 2005 R9 and I didn't like them much; they sounded muddy and fizzy, if that word even exists. The Classic 57 in my 2000 R9 were much better, and the CustomBuckers in my 2013 R7 even more so. I tried OX4 pickups and preferred the CustomBuckers. Note that I never tried all those pickups in the same guitar; the difference in intrinsic guitar tones has probably more impact to the overall sound, so take this with a grain of salt...
The Custom S Bucker was originally in the Custom Shop CME Junior I purchased 3 months ago, but that was taken out by the original owner. I was looking for one for the Junior to return it to stock (though I removed the wire tapping set up in favor of the Emerson Junior set), but when I purchased the CBs I quit looking. Does your Custom S Bucker have a nickel cover?I really like the CBs on my 2013 R8. Great clarity with a decent amount of bite.
I have the 2019 CME spec Custom S Buckers that are 10 percent underwound in my R9 60th, and like them as well. They are clearer and snappier than my R8's pups. They have a Telecaster quality to them.
They are both fantastic. Which I prefer depends on my mood, but I tend to gravitate toward the 2013s the most. Long story short: yes, they're great.
No, I’m with you. Custombuckers in my 2017 R8 were not for me. Much happier with Peter Florance Voodoo PAFs, but now that Peter’s gone the prices on these are through the roof.I did not care for the Custom buckers in my Shanks using the rig I have to use 99% of the time so out they came but I am def in the minority. On the other hand my buddys Joe Perry is a beast bone stock.