So my pots actually came to-day. Got to spend the evening installing this hombre. Crunch city! Del taco!
It should have taken me an hour to install everything but it ended up taking around three because the stupid football jack route is NOT big enough for a stereo switchcraft jack. After I had finally positioned the jack in the plate just right so I could actually screw in the plate to the body, I found that the ring contact was shorting out to the tip thus grounding the signal. Ughhhh... I ended up using a screwdriver to gouge out some of the wood inside the jack route. Whatever, it works now and you can't see it. Rad!
First thoughts: I was hoping the 81 would buy me a little more crunch in this guitar than it does, but this is the best it's gonna get. The reason it can't be as crunchy as my M1 is because of the Floyd. The Floyd puts the saddle point too far back in relation to the pickups, which reduces the midrange response. If you measure the distance from the saddle point to the bridge pickup on the Charvel and on the M1, the Charvel's distance is a good bit longer. But there's nothing I can do about it, so all that's left is to just play.