At the end of March I started a thread -- My First SD Pickups, Which One To Get? Well, by the end of the thread I ended up deciding to try a set of 6070 custom wound pickups by VINEHAM instead. These are supposed to recreate the classic T-Top tones of the late 60's and 70's. I was going to match the pickups up with a new harness . . . and then life kicked in. An auto accident and a few other unexpected turns and I'm back 3 months later. Given the time delay and the change of pickups I thought a new thread with a more accurate title was in order for the follow-up. Let me start out by saying that I'm not a Tone Chaser. I heard people taking about how much better their guitar sounds with UPGRADED pickups, and I WANTED THAT! My only first hand experience with pickups comes DIRECTLY from the Long and McQuade showroom. That's it. To be honest, I was happy with the stock pickups on my 2012 Epi Trad-Pro. I play loud with a drummer in a barn-like loft. My first "upgrade" was to a set of Gibson Classic 57/57+ pups. Cleaned up my tonze and made it easier to dial in the sounds I play with. I mention this as it's my only reference to playing with aftermarket pickups. -- Now !!!! The 6070's -- So you have a reference point, these pickups are going into a 2012 Epiphone Traditional Pro. It has a new harness with a Switchcraft 3-way switch, 500K CTS pots and .022 Orange Drop caps. I'll be playing through a Messa Boogie Mark V combo amp. I have to start off by saying WOW ! Dialing in Aerosmith - AC/DC - 38 Special - Krokus - Thin Lizzy - GnR just got a whole ballpark easier to get to. I am primarily a rhythm player but have to add lead runs ( that's what I call them ) so it doesn't get boring. I'll try to describe the sound. I'm not very good with the tonez lingo but here it goes. I love the heavy crunching sound, just brought to the edge of breakup . . . and then just pushed over a little bit. I'm used to the amp providing all my gain. Balancing the pups with the amp took a little of fiddling with, but with awesome results. I don't get that shrill, make the hair on your neck stand up, kind of squall I had to watch out for with the 57's when pushing them. The clarity of each individual note/string was unexpected. I like the sound I get when I'm mean to my strings. These pickups are great for the In-Your-Face rock! Plugging into my Marshall MG50FX was also an eye opener. I never found the 2 Overdrive channels very useful. It seems to sound the same no mater the guitar plugged into it. The Clean/Crunch channel was this amps attraction. With the 57 pups I could use a number overdrive and distortion effects to get a good hard rock sound. I was happy with it. I didn't know any better. The 57's sound kinda squishy (?) now. With just the 6070 and no effects, I'm rocking the room! I've only had about three or four days to play with these new pups, but what an immediate, noticeable difference. I'm really chompin-at-the-bit to try out and see what the Whisky Sour pickups I got sound like. But that's a different project for another day. Special thanks to Northernguitarguy for pointing me in the direction of Vineham Pickups. And another special thanks to Craig at Vineham. He was very kind and took some time to explain to me a little about how pickups are made and the different choices you have in their construction. To top it all off . . . . the pickups from Vineham only cost me $ 80.00 Canehdian. Yup! That right! $80.00 CDN. No U.S. exchange rate, duties or tariffs.