Glad ya enjoyed it - I was always curious where the P.A.F bit came from!
guidothepimmp These days i prefer low to medium output oups. It means i use more of the power in the amp. Changed my playing dynamic a bit. Not night and day stuff but subtle enough for me to think i can hear and feel the difference.
I'm much the same, as time passed - went from high output, hairy chested pups to lower output, more dynamically responsive ones. Coupled with a change in musical tastes. I generally find the high output ones only really came alive with buckets 'o gain and the clean tone tends to be either to be muffled or brittle. And, (at least to me), there always a hint of compression with them?
Not great when trying to get a bluesy. slightly dirty sound & trying to develop picking dynamics to get tonal changes.
Graeme Hayward and I had a few chats about it - I've little idea of the technicalities - but, over time, I gravitated to lower output pups and learnt more about gain staging a rig (guitar+pedals+amp). He reckon that the sweet spot for dynamics was between 4-5k output and then add a boost in to get to volume you're looking for (pedal or at amp). We both were loving on the T.V Jones 'tron's - that hybrid firebird/tele he build had a set - damn...too good for my sloppy hands.
Slightly off-topic, I also found I disliked the vast majority of active basses for similar reasons. The dynamic window was much smaller vs passive basses - and my ears reckoned there was a bit of compression happening, that I wasn't digging. Of course...everything has it's uses, in a djent band it was pretty handy!