Pardon the bump... Some of the best advice I've received on this forum, thanks again! There must be half a dozen threads in which I threatened to yank the LTs, but I took this approach and... wow. Part of me was already devoted to putting in BKPs or similar, because I love playing high gain stuff and enjoy modding. In a previous life I was used to significantly hotter pickups (passive and active). The logic of adding a boost to the chain was undeniable though, and I found one which does precisely what I hoped for -- and now delivers the snarl I wanted, but without touching the stock electronics. The gravity of that just sank in, and I'm pretty tickled about being able to keep the instrument original, as well as still utilize the awesome split tones I love. Now I don't have to sacrifice the utility of the 58/15 LT's range, either, and it's solidly pleasing. So, I'll just have to scratch my itch with 59/09s in a future core. That's a much happier dilemma!