After playing for almost 15 years and going between passive and active pickups I recently decided that i would put actives in both of my Les Pauls. One guitar got another company's pickups the other got these. I'm glad i got them. Clear and punchy they improve over the standard 81/85 or 81/60 tone ( which is what these are essentially a hot rodded 81/60 combo). For all the hate EMG gets these pickups along with the 57/66 set offer passive like tones with active output. These aren't pickups for jazz and country. But rock, metal, and other heavy styles will be right at home with these pickups. Dont hesitate, get them!