Let's get the negative out of the way: Every affordable guitar can benefit greatly from new pickups, this one is no different. Put some Gibson P90's in this guy and it will sound exactly like the original designed for B.B. King. I have played an original and this version and the weight and feel is nearly identical. Spend a little extra on some pickups and you have a firecracker. Even if you don't replace the pickups the stock ones are pretty good, just won't have the bite of the upgraded P90's. Great little guitar! I would get it, if I weren't buying a vintage one next week! (; *Hands on review by Christopher M. from store 57 in Indianapolis.