My new toy arrived today. VHT Redline 20R. $0 pledge. No out of pocket new money. Cost $159 with free shipping. I'm looking to consolidate my rig and move the 100w head and 2x12 speaker cabinet. I simply do not have space. Cute little guy. 1x8" speaker. Spring reverb. Four sets of increasing distortion. The Redline distortion isn't too bad. Unfortunately, an 8 inch speaker just can't push out enough air. It's not gonna be able replace the 2x12. Not even close. I think I'm resigned to keep the larger rig. This little guy is ok, but doesn't give me the punch I want. Not even close. I have another dilemma now .... I played the HSH MIM a bit. Nice sounding guitar. Definitely a keeper. $0 pledge. BUT ... it's not a metal guitar. The Alnico pups sound nice, but it doesn't have a heavy drive. Obviously, it's not made for someone looking for that Metallica/James Hetfield chunk. BUT ... on the flip side, I was gifted with a set of 1980's Jackson pups by @surf green . (I can't thank him enough). I put them on an NC4 Bullet along with an RRG harness. I'll tell you ... that neck pickup sounds freakin' awesome !!! Thick like a Brazilian bootie. Chunky, rich, but still concise. I use the neck pup 90% of the time. James Hetfield would approve. I'm thinking this Jackson loaded pickguard should go on the new MIM. That would instantly make the MIM my main guitar. But sigh ... I don't want to start modding a brand new MIM. I need time to work with it. I'll tell you though ... the Jackson-caster has a crunch that is deserving of Metallica.