Thanks! I did the 'nickel' height thing this evening and that definitely helped with the pickup height. Tone is back in the ballpark again... But still not exactly where it was originally. Its all good though. I really like the way the black rings look. Come to think of it, the only guitars that I've kept the cream rings on are my red korina and my SAS NFs. I guess I just prefer the black ones to the cream ones. Makes the guitars look more bad@ss and dangerous, lol.