I've tried Barts, Carvin, Duncans, MEC, Lace, Fender and even played a Fodera once....and Bill Lawrence pickups kills them all. NOT Bill Lawrence USA...but Bill Lawrence the guy, aka: Wilde Pickups. I can't explain it in words the sound difference other than 10x the tonal variation, 2x the clarity, and plenty of punch, but punch that is even and everything can be dialed in to how you want it. If you've been on the fence...just go ahead and take the plunge! Ok I'm off my soapbox now!