Created an account to reply to this thread... Saw some raging on this thread, just wanted to let you guys know that I picked up a set of HSS active pickups (for 30 bucks on craigslist!) to fit into my project guitar, and it is a significant improvement. Highly recommend, you may have the educated opinion of the elite lt kojak here, but for what it's worth I really like them. Ultimately, I feel like you should just test things out for yourself without regard to price or reputation and see how you like them (blind testing). I bought these on an impulse and I really like them. Also, I like supporting brands like this whose main goal is to make the customer happy by producing inexpensive decent quality materials. Good for poor people like me.