I think they both sound great. I do slightly prefer the blackout sound though because I'm a blackout man. I wish I could get recorded Recto tones this good. Quick question...my blackouts I ordered turned up yesterday, and they're going in one of my guitars that's had the 18v mod done to it. Do I have to un-do the mod? Can I just put them in with the mod still and they will be ok? or can I just take the second battery out and it'll be fine that way? Thanks guys.