Bought a Les Paul Traditional 1960's re-issue. It was the best feeling guitar for me at that time. Problem was I didn't care to much for the stock pickups. They seemed to lack in all areas except clean tone. So the guitar became a decoration on the wall. I debated if I wanted to take this expensive Les Paul active. After some thought I rolled the dice and did it. I'm so glad I did. Ripping distortion for hard rock and metal. With some effects it sound real good playing the blues, in mild crunch and clean tones. I've never installed pickups before and this was a simple. EMG has a video on how to install them on their site. Thats all I used for directions. Plug n Play, Its that easy. I was done in less than an hour stringed up and ready to play. I've been playing all night and just love dynamics these pickups give my once boring Les Paul 60's trad. If there was a negative it would be lack of a integrated battery box in the back plate. Plenty of room for one so why not add it to the kit> Rather then having to unscrew the back plate every time you need to make a battery chance. We all leave our guitar plugged in and sitting from time to time, So that will kill the battery fast. It just would be nice to get quick access to the battery. For those who think these pickups are just for Metal and hard rock, think again. They sound great playing many styles. Even though I did mention a negative, the sound these pickups give off cancels out a small over sight, if you want to call it that. If you can live with unscrewing the back plate to change the battery (I can) This is a 5 star product IMO.