Sound — 7
These pickups are based on the best of '50s Strat pickups from what I know so I'd guess the output level is low. I'm using this with a Legend LE10D amp and a Boss ME50. The sound is thin and very trebly (almost on the verge of being ice picky). Clean, the neck pickup has too much high end for me, I like a warm neck pickup. With the OD from the ME50 on, I get a really nice rock tone. With the gain on max, the lead tone is amazing. Middle pickup has life to it, I never really use it alone but when used in conjunction with either of the other 2, you can get a really nice crisp twangy tone. Bridge pickup, only thing I don't like about it is again, the lack of mids. Makes it sound really... weak.
Overall Impression — 8
I have these in all 3 positions in my MIM Strat (alder body, rosewood fretboard if that matters). These are certainly unique sounding, they have a lot more 'life' to them than stock pickups. But I don't really like them, I'd prefer slightly more fat sounding, I guess Vintage pickups aren't for me.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Yes, they are pickups, I'm sure they will last a very long time. Mine have a bit of rust around the pole pieces but I don't think that's affecting the sound at all. Durable stuff. The plastic covers that is. Very durable. As long as you don't spill any liquids onto it then they'll be fine.