Let's just say, I had the prior one and this. I traded in the older one with the CS Texas Specials and gloss neck on my Music Man. I kept the new one. THe Vintage Noiseless pickups are not quite as open and complex as the CS Tex Specials were. But, they are very good sounding pickups and dead quiet. Plus, with the 6 preamp voicings, this guitar can go all over tonally. But what really sold me was the satin neck finish. That neck plays like a dream. The ONLY neck I like better is on my Ernie Ball Music Man, and that neck is legendary.