I finally got frustrated with the Fralin/Sadowsky pickup/preamp combination in my main Fender, and tossed in a set of EMGs with a John East BTB-01 preamp. I'm lukewarm on the preamp but the EMGs sound awesome! At home they're a little dull and lifeless, but on stage they translate every little nuance of my playing to the audience - stuff that used to just get buried in the mix can now be clearly heard. And they punch like crazy! I'm really prominent in the mix here, but not really overpowering the sonic spectrum. Exactly what I was hoping for.
Yeah, it's funny. For my Modulus, I keep coming back to EMGs. They really do create presence in a room in a way that other pickups don't. That said, they aren't my favorite tone when soloed. Oh well, I can learn to love it! I am tempted to try David Schwab's pickups (SGD).