It'll KNOCK YOU OUT and clean up nice for something pretty.
Some people will tell you that pickup changes don't make a difference. That is incredibly incorrect!
Depending on your amp, what style you play and what volume you play at, the sound and response will be either affected or greatly affected by changing pickups.
I bought one of these from Sweetwater ... maybe a year ago. I switched from the SH12 Screaming Demon in my Gibson LP standard to this. I used the SH12 for well over a decade and while it was lush and harmonically rich and easier to play the fast stuff because of its thinner sound, I was ready to go back to higher output, fatter, teeth rattling capabilities of the hotter (and warmer) options like the SH 5. I read a lot of reviews because as we all know, we can't drive to our local music store to try out a pick up.
The first of several clearly obvious surprises that I found after installing the SH5 was that the chunk factor from the Marshall increased GREATLY! I was missing that with the SH12. The 2nd surprise was how much hotter the output was. I didn't need to keep the pick up as close to the strings as I did with the SH12. When double tracking heavy rythm guitar parts, I found it necessary to drop the pick up lower to get better doubled sounds and I raised it back up a bit for the lead parts. I used to do this back in the tape days. Still works! I used higher output pickups then too. The 3rd surprise is the increase in warm tone that this pickup gave me.
It took a little while to learn to pick some song parts a little differently because of the hotter way that this pickup rings out, but the sound is great. It cleans up nicely and sounds totally clean and lovely on my clean amp channels.
With the SH12, I sometimes wanted my guitar knob to have an 11 on it. I don't need the 11 now! I'd like to try the SH5's alnico twin (SH11?) and see what that's like. I do prefer the Alnico sound, but I love the tone, chunk and output of the SH5.