Price paid: $ 62
Purchased from: Local music store
Sound — 7
This pickup is great for punk, metal, rock-basically anything that you are going to play with a decent amount of distortion. I play this through a little Fender Mustang II amp. It sounds great with all of the effects that I use (flangers, reverb). It's an affordable upgrade to the normal strat pickups. It makes very little noise and is one of the quietest humbuckers I have ever seen. My one complaint is that it does not have the greatest clean sound. I'm sure if you ran it through some noise gates and compressors it could sound better, but out of the box the clean tones are lacking.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This pickup is definitely built to last. It has a solid plastic body, and doesn't move around at all in the pickup slot. The black pole pieces have a great look to them, and they are also very solid and won't scratch if you accidentally hit it with your pick. The finish is very solid. I love the sleek, modern design. Also, the "Seymour Duncan" logo is fairly small, and won't stand when you look at the guitar. You can contact Seymour Duncan and have them make this pickup in whatever color you want. It is easy and very affordable. Shipping from their shop in Santa Barbara takes 1-2 weeks, which is a little slow, but considering what you are getting it is worth it.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, this pickup is a great match for any style of music that uses distortion, especially punk/pop punk. It will take lots of abuse and has a sleek, modern design. The stock Fender Stratocaster pickups have got nothing on this baby. I would recommend this pickup to anybody. You can get it to match the colors of your guitar. It is very affordable and sounds great. If you are looking for an upgrade to your dual coil pickups, don't hesitate to buy an Invader. You won't be disappointed with your purchase.