Price paid: $ 45
Sound — 9
This bridge PU was introduced in '97 and with a DC resistance of 17K, is hotter than the PAF, but less than the more popular EVO. What it delivers is a warmer and smoother tone than the "hotter" pickups. The punchy mids have a fatter low end that rolls off before it gets muddy, perfect for those who like a bit more chug than what the Evo delivers and not as trebly, specially on Basswood bodies like the Ibanez RG series. I've installed this on a Squier '51 (Also Basswood) and through a H&K TriAmp MK II, absolutely slays. It doesn't matter which 4X12 cabs I used (H&K, or Mesa, or Marshall), it doesn't go muddy like the typical PAFs. You get warm, authoritative mids, and fat low end whether you pick hard or chord gently. Very nice upgrade for your basswood body guitars!
Overall Impression — 9
I love its in-between capabilities: hotter than a typical Bridge PAF, but tamer than the much hotter Evo or similar pickups. The in-between DC resistance makes it possible to have very nice mids and Low ends without getting muddy. It is not as trebly or sharp like the higher output humbuckers, specially when cranked through your favorite tube amps. I've installed this on my all Mahogany '61 RI SG; however, it's been moved to my Squier '51 where it shines in combination with the basswood body.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Pickups are practically indestructible. The only thing that could go wrong are poorly soldered connections. The probability of the magnets getting de-gaussed is incredibly small. The coil split is a nice touch; however, if you need a single coil sound, you must get a Strat. I can depend on this pickup; or, any other pickups.