Price paid: $ 175
Sound — 10
What the out out level like? High, very high, which in my case translates to the perfect pick ups. I'm running these through a Bugera 333XL 120w head, and they've found thier home in my les paul. No pedals or anything, but the pick ups alone make a very noticable difference as opposed to the Gibson humbuckers they replaced. I'm very satisfied with the tone they produce, its great for those who are in with the metal, even the cleans were better than I expected they would be. The notes are cystal clear when I play, sweep picks sound 100 times better than they did with the old passive humbuckers, as do solos, even the chugga chugga sounds better the chords are more distinct. Sometimes with passives I've noticed that if you in a dropped tuning and chugging chords out on the lower registers you'll get a constant open sound as if you werent even playing chords, but with the blackouts one can tell the difference.
Overall Impression — 10
These pick ups sound amazing, I play 98% metal that all falls into the heavier spectrum of metal. These pick ups go hand in hand with my music. They make everything sound alot clearer than it did with my passives. Thier also quieter too, all the pops and crackles and unnessacary noise is eliminated making for a more enjoyable experience playing. Overall these pick ups have affected every part of my playing in a positive way, they force you learn how to play cleaner because any mistake goes more pronoucned, as they pick up everything that goes on that fretboard, and I view this as a postive thing rather than a bad thing. I <3 these. So if your thinking about getting them stop thinking and just buy them.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've been waiting for the "OMG nothing could ever be better than this" feeling that people like to get when they get something new. But that has'nt gone away because these pick ups just amaze me every time I play my guiar. I can't say wether or not they'll last, although they seem to be built to be tough and Seymour Duncan has a damn good rep, the only thing that wears out is the battery, but thier actives...and unless they come up with an active pick up that doesn't need a battery that problem will alwasy exsist. So yes I can depend on them, I keep a spare battery at all times too, just like a spare set of strings.