By: Richie from Plugged in somewhere in Central PA
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
High, pro level quality.
How has it stood up over time?
Had one about 15 years. Still rockin!
Your general opinion of this product.
Hey! You ever want to kick your gear up a notch to something more pro level sounding and don't know what to do? Well you can get new/ better cables. They make a difference and new amps or guitars are great, but alot of people don't realize the potential of what they've already got with a few minor changes. It's fingers, strings, pickup, cable (pedals?) amp (Effects in loop?), speakers. Anything in the line MATTERS! I've owned a Super Distortion, X2n, a Full Shred as well as stock guitar pickups and I've owned quite a few guitars over the decades. Although the name sounds like it's all metal all the time, it's really the most versatile pickup I remember using. The response to what I play is great. It captures what is played & delivers it to the amp with character. Output is MEDIUM, so it allows nice cleans, warm blues, crunchy hard rock, versatile fusion and more aggressive metal applications, all with nice results.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
It's a medium output pickup. There are other full out metal options out there that are higher output, but that's not what this was meant to be. If you use really high gain for heavy sounds, then this pickup will make it sing. I have it in a Gibson Les Paul. With High gain amp settings, I'd say that it takes me to a neighborhood somewhere between the Lynch Mob - Wicked Sensation, ZZ Top Cheap Sunglasses and UFO Strangers in the Night sounds, but my heavier amps settings lean that way too.
How did the stain or paint job look?
How was the action out of the box?