Price paid: $ 109.8
Purchased from: eBay
Sound — 9
Using a loaded scratchplate with 3 single coil Vintage '64 Grey-Bottom Staggers, made by GuitarFetish.com impedance is 5.8k neck, 6.3k middle and 6.5k bridge. Output is plenty loud enough for stage or home. Bridge is nice and "clean" and even "distant" middle is warm and "fuzzy", and neck is warm and "close". All three are nicely balanced. The combinations works very well indeed. The controls have been modded so top tone is master for all 3 pickups, bottom tone, set at 10, bridge pickup selected, bridge pickup, dial back to 1 and you get bridge/neck combination, which is an "extra" and sounds much like a "tele" very full sound. Being used with either a Fender FM15R or Fender 210R (65 watt twin speaker). Has a nice mid-'60s "Surfy" sound.
Overall Impression — 10
Installed in a Squier Affinity Strat. It has transformed the guitar into an instrument that could be quite happily gigged, and would do justice to itself. When used with reverb and delay the sound is so clean and pure it is unbelievable for "cheap" pickups. I know you don't like perfect, but these are about as perfect as you can get for the price. Highly recommended for those Who want to upgrade a cheaper guitar. I have to give it 10 overall.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Certainly built to last, and yes would depend on it. Has the original "cloth-covered" wiring and rubber mounts instead of metal springs. Alnico magnets with aged knobs etc. Would quite happily gig with this guitar and be proud of it.