theres somethin about the "best of both worlds" deal going on with these. however, my favorite pups have to be two humbuckers, dingwall style, with passive tone and all the series/coilsingle coil options i can take. you can get EVERY tone from those. p/j is a close second though. i don't like onboard preamps. i prefer all my eqing coming from the amp/chained effects.