After grabbing an Entwistle pickup recently and really liking it, I'm interested in checking out other budget/no-name pickups. In doing research, it seems almost everywhere I go people are split down the middle of the "They're just as good" vs "You are worthless scum for buying anything other than Name Brand/Boutique pickups".
I dug around here and couldn't find a good thread with resources, vid links, samples and anecdotal evidence to back either opinion, so thought it might be interesting to start a thread, get y'all's feedback and maybe pin it to the top of the forum.
Right now, I'm considering buying some Dragonfire pickups. I can get a Crusader (Invader clone) and a Screamer (Super Distortion clone) for $50 shipped (yes that's two pickups for $50) versus either of the real things for bare minimum $100/each.
Where do you land on this? What's your experience with different pickups? Love Iron Gear, Entwistle, GFS, Altec, Dragonfire or some other no-name? Or, are you only into SDs, Dimarzios, Bare Knuckles, etc.?