Price paid: $ 40
Purchased from: A friend
Sound — 8
The output on this pickup is amazing. I put into a Fender Stratocaster HSS and didn't really expect much from it. But once I managed to get it all wired in and ready to be played. I cringed when I turned on the amp. Not, because this pickup is bad. it's the fact that my ultimate test is to do a pinch harmonic on the 3rd fret of the g string. Then turn up the volume on my amp. It was the most ear splitting sound that I have heard in a long time. The last time I heard something close to this is when I plugged a Jackson DKMG dinky with EMG's into the Peavey XXX amp and performed the same test. The output is actually a just muddy enough that it in not perfectly clean but will do the job. It has an insane amount of bass coupled with some amazing clarity in the treble region over-all I would say that this pickup is well balanced.
Overall Impression — 9
I love everything about this pickup. There is absolutely nothing that I could possibly hate about. And if you knew me then you should be amazed. I am nit picky about anything and everything. Down to how easy it is to install or why kind of box it came in. And it was all perfect. I have this in a Fender Stratocaster HSS American made and it is in the bridge position.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I am hoping that this pickup will last and I am assuming it will since it is a Seymour Duncan. I can most definately depend on this pickup, I have had it installed in the Fender for almost 9 months and it plays just as it did out of the box. It still even looks Brand New. Everytime I plug my guitar in I still can't get over the fact that my Fender can sound like a true metal guitar. Not, saying a Fender can not sound like a metal guitar, it is just usually they do not. I think that I will have this pickup installed in my guitar until I either can afford a new guitar and put it in that or somehow for some strange reason I no longer own this guitar.