Some of you may remember my earlier threads on a PRS CU 22 Artist I have had for a few years. It plays great, looks great, but I've struggled with it (hence the earlier threads looking for advice). It came with a defective trem, I changed out the 5-way for McCarty wiring, took the bright cap out. After all that, and endlessly tweaking the pickups, it still sounded lackluster----but acoustically and resonance-wise it was happening. I finally gave up on the Dragon II 's and began my pickup search. I ended up with a pair of Lollar Imperials with gold covers, 4 conductor, lightly potted. WOW! Really. What fabulous pickups. I looked at other brands but quite frankly found many of the choices and descriptions confusing (WCR, High Order, etc.). Jason makes one HB pickup--the Imperial, and it was highly recommended. Now I know why. The bridge is gutsy but clear without icepick or harshness. The neck is full but so clear it sounds like a great humbucker with a little Strat neck pickup mixed in. They are equally as good clean or dirty, where the PRS pickups had a poor clean tone. Both on now sound so good, when the Dragons were hollow and clanky when mixed. So I say simplify your search---buy some Imperials and you'll be happy! As a side note, the Dragon II's were left in my car in the Lollar box after I picked up the guitar (a buddy did the wiring). They were full of so much wax that melted and ran everywhere I can no longer open the box without breaking it! The box is clear plastic, and you can see a tremendous amount of wax glueing the pickups to both the top and bottom. No wonder they sounded dull and the polepieces were so hard to turn. Paul makes a great guitar, but does not make great pickups, in my experience. So this whole thing was about me trying to get this PRS as cool and vibey as my 1998 '58 LP Reissue. That guitar sounds so good live, and I constantly have people ask me what pickups are in it. It is bone stock---not one mod. So that got me to thinking----Aren't people just as likely to mod one brand of guitar as another? Les Pauls get a bad rap because everyone thinks you HAVE to switch out the pickups. Not so in my case. However, I know a bunch of people that have changed their PRS pickups like I did. And I have never had a Fender that I did not put Harmonic Design pickups in. Both of my TA Cobras have HD P-90's in them now. So my Andersons, custom shop Fenders and PRS all have (boutiquey) replacement pickups, while my Historics are all stock. It just goes to show how different our ears, experiences and needs can be.