Hear me out before you call me crazy. I love the pickups in my Squier VM V. I like them more than than the custom shop 60's pickups that are in my Am Standard and American special. They just seem to have a thicker sound, stronger fundamental, and don't have that "open" sound that the CS pickups have. They hotter and fatter sounding too. I'd buy them and put them in the other basses but I can't find them for sale on Fender's site. I'd even settle for the pickups form the MIM models, but can't find those either. Anyone know of a close copy? Honestly over all, I feel like the Squier is not that far off from my MIA fenders. It plays better than the MIA Special and almost as good as the Am Std. Action is just as low and plays easier than either of the other two in some ways. I know I'll get a lot of grief for that, but its true.