I've played a few B.C. Rich guitars. One particular neck-thru Mockingbird with a Floyd Rose I got my hands on in Seattle once, I didn't want to put down. They're definately unique guitars. As far as Jacksons go, I wouldn't own a newer one, unless it were a USA model. I had a DXMG and a DK2 both a few years back. The necks just sucked on both. But then again, I was an Ibanez player back then, and Ibanez Wizard necks ruin your taste for everything else. They're just the fastest necks out there. Maybe too fast. I had a friend who scalloped the entire fingerboard on his RG3120 and the neck slowly split right up the middle of the back. Just too thin, I guess. The truss rod was adjusted properly and the string tension was fine. Weird. Those Jackson USA Warriors are wicked cool, though. Especially the ones with the "bolted metal" finish.
I want one of those Hello Kitty strats. Not sure why. I keep seeing them in catalogs and they're cheap. I want to shoot a music video someday when I'm a huge metal legend (yeah right) and just cut in a few seconds of me shredding on one. It'll catch everyone's attention. I'd have to route it and retrofit it with a Floyd Rose and something with more kick, like one of those new DiMarzio blade pickups. I can't remember the name. A DX2 or something like that. They're the highest output pickups DiMarzio makes, according to them.
I don't do heavy guitars. Well, heavy in weight. They have cut, generally, but I'm moving away from the alder and basswood and going more mahogany these days. My Schecter C/SH-1 weighs about half as much as a Strat. It's almost like an acoustic. But yeah, Seymour Duncans aren't the best for heavy (as in hard rock/metal this time) playing. Not sure why Jackson puts JBs in their top models. Distortions are better, Invaders are great. Very unique, compressed sort of sound. The only example of someone who plays them, though, is Synyster Gates, the lead player for Avenged Sevenfold. I've never heard them before, though. I don't listen to newer music much these days. Duncan '59s are the best neck pickup out there, in my humble opinion. I wouldn't swap them for anything else, except maybe a DiMarzio PAF Pro. I have no use for Duncan Designed pickups. I've met Seymour Duncan before at NAMM. He's a no-BS kinda guy. I can't imagine him designing those.
Good choice on the Crybaby and the Boss Digital Delay. I use a Boss DD-6. You can go to www.musiciansfriend.com
and just browse through the effects pedals and listen to the mp3 sound bytes of each of the delay pedals on there to get ideas on different delay uses. Some of them actually note the settings used to achieve different delay effects. It's how I find inspiration for new songs sometimes. I've been using a Morley Bad Horsie wah for years and I love the switchless ease of use, but it doesn't "wah" hard enough for me. I got a Crybaby 535Q and it sounds fine, but I can't seem to get it "dialed in" to my soloing register the way I want it. I think I'm gonna ditch it in favor of a Crybaby Classic. And I use a Boss DS-1 Distortion. I like it better than anything else I've used, better than a Big Muff, Rat, Expandora, etc. Sounds super fat about halfway up. Too shrill on the high end when you crank it.
But wow, a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifer? That's a lot of amp. I have a '72 Marshall JCM 800 50-watt half-stack, but I can't get it to overdrive to saturation in my tiny apartment, even with a PowerBrake. I've been impressed with my little cheapo Vox combo lately and I'm considering investing in a Vox AC15 with Celestions in it. I'd have the same volume problem with an AC30 that I have with my JCM 800. Mahogany bodied guitar, Duncan '59 neck pickup, class A tube amp. Best sound I've heard in my 18 years of playing. Maybe someday I can afford a handwired Marshall Plexi. Like, after I retire, maybe. Heh.
Yeah, I keep hearing great things about Sonic Maximizers. I understand how they work. I think I'm gonna throw one of those Sonic Stomps or whatever they call them on my pedalboard soon and see how great it really is. Thanks for the reply. Always good to bounce ideas off of other axe-slingers. In a way, it's how we all got to where we are now, right?