So I tuned the Donais up to standard a week or two ago and have been loving it. I can once again play along with my favorite music and the stars were right again. Since I enjoyed it so much on the Donais, I figured it only logical to bring my baby, my H2 back to Standard as well.
So I take it down to the fretboard, swapped the EMG S for an EMG SA I had on hand (Just for a change), cleaned it up, re-strung it, stretched the strings, intonated and let'er rip.
...It was like I was home again...
That guitar is absolutely staggering. It never ceases to amaze me with its tight, articulate tone. When I went back to the Donais (Without touching the amp) I'd go so far as to say it almost sounded muddy. Going back to the H2, the neck felt "right", the action perfect, and even the warn frets produced no discernable buzz. I don't think I'm ever going to find another guitar that will be able to stir me the way that thing does.
Thats when I realized, my dream formula for a custom (All the specs of my H2 plus a reverse M-II headstock and marker-less ebony fingerboard) from so many years ago, would still probably be my best bet for a custom. Even then, could I possibly be happy with it? The neck won't be beaten in, and no matter how great it is, I'm almost certain it will never live up to the expectations set by my original.
And to think, all this joy for a $300 initial investment, $180 worth of pickups, and 10+ years worth of setup experimentation. Hopefully, I'll have this guitar for a long, long time to come. I couldn't imagine life without her.