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I got tired of waiting for the 5-way buss to come in for my Strat, and I play my Xtone more anyway, so I just put the 57/66 I got into the LTD. It was totally worth not screwing the 5-way buss + soldering the pickups, because the solderless install is so clean and amazing and totally reversible. Grainy cell phone pics in 3... 2... 1...







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They smoke. Possibly my favourite pickups to date. I don't know if the "best of both worlds between active and passive" is the best way to describe them, but it's definitely a lot of upsides from each park. Maybe "a" best of both worlds.

They're loudish but not overly hot sounding. The bridge is pretty neutral and a little tight and juicy - nothing special, so to speak, but that's exactly what I look for in a bridge pickup. Something on the neutral side so I can shape my tone without having to compensate for an extreme in the pickup. My favourite bridge pickup before was either the D Activator or Duncan Distortion, and this sounds like those mixed with a Les Paul - a little more open, juicier, and fatter yet as tight or tighter.

The neck pickup is what blew me away. It's loud and juicy, but super clean. I pretty much only use neck humbucker for cleans, and this is by far my favourite clean tone aside from a P90. It doesn't sound like an active (some dirt maybe gives it away, but that's it), but it sounds better than any passive humbucker I've played. Perfect jazz tone - it has the note definition and balance of an EMG, but it's juicy and somehow warm yet bright like a passive.

My only complaint, if I had to pick one, is about the pickups as a set: The neck seems a bit louder and bigger than the bridge. This is just a personal preference of mine, I normally like a more high-mid, snappy neck pickup, so when I switch pickups on the same tone, you don't go from good tone to boomy neck pickup, or good tone to tinny bridge pickup. Basically what an 81 bridge/85 neck combo does. Thankfully, this only does it a bit, not nearly as bad as the 81/85, and not nearly bad enough for me to actually complain :yesway:

TL;DR: Buy these pickups if you're interested in them, I quite like them.
 

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Also, I forgot. Interesting fact: the brushed chrome look actually has some kind of clear coat on it or something. I was bummed when I opened the boxes because the neck pickup was scratched, but just tonight I rubbed it with my finger and it came right off. Because I'm a ham-fisted Cro-Magnon I scratched the pickup with the screwdriver trying to get it in the ring, and that rubbed off, too. No complaints here :yesway:
 

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Actually thinking about a set of these. Do you still like them?
 

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Actually thinking about a set of these. Do you still like them?
Sorry man, I just noticed this now. :lol:

I do. I feel pretty much the same as I do, maybe just a bit less so. There's something about the feel of EMGs that I love, even if I don't always prefer the tone. These have the same fast response, but there's a lot more depth to the tones you can get out of them, and way more dynamics.

My only complaint is that they're a little on the loud side. I don't want to say hot, because they stay clean, but they're noticeably louder, and any mistake you make is that much more obvious. :lol:

I haven't been playing guitar as much lately, so I haven't been sinking any money into it, but I could put these pickups in pretty much any new six string I get and be happy. I like more medium or low output pickups, like P90s and hot-rodded PAFs, and these seem to have that tone, just bigger, louder, and with faster response.

5-way bus? So these are splittable?
I originally planned on putting these in my Strat with an SA-X in the middle, and the 5-way was for that. I ended up having a ton of problems with the Strat, though, so I left the pickups in my Xtone and plan on keeping them there.
 

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Awesome. I totally impulse bought some last night :lol:
 
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