Price paid: £ 50
Purchased from: Can't recall
Sound — 10
I'm using this pickup in the bridge position of my B.C. Rich NT Jr. V and I've run it through multiple amps during band practice sessions, though at home I only have an Electro-Harmonix Metal Muff run through a Marshall MG15DFX. I'm really happy with the output on this pickup, it works really well for melodic metal and it's pretty much impossible for me to get a clean sound out of it (not that I want one). One of the things that makes this pickup so good is that it lets the natural tone of the wood come through better than, for instance, the EMG 81 - which sounds pretty much the same no matter what guitar you shove it in. This pickup seems to accentuate the lower-middle frequency most, though it's still capable of giving you some nice bite in the treble area! The lows sound really nice, very tight and clear, not at all muddy.
Overall Impression — 10
I love the tone you get from this, especially as it lets the sound of the wood come through. That was a really big thing for me. There's nothing what'soever I hate about it. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to play metal. As I mentioned, it's installed in the bridge position of my B.C. Rich NT Jr. V.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It's lasted me about a year and a half so far and I've had no problems with it. I can definitely depend on it, only thing I'd do is change the battery before playing live and that's just personal paranoia that it might choose the wrong moment to die on me. I use rechargeable batteries so I can afford to change it simply for my peace of mind.