The super hot PAF-like sound that comes from this pickup is perfect for the kind of music I play. I am primarily a blues guitarist, and the cleans you can achieve from these suckers is amazing. It has that mildly crunchy tone you get from a 50's style pickup with all the heat you need from the built-in preamp. Adding overdrive to these pickups creates the perfect tone for rock and blues rock. These guys do a great job of bridging the gap between active and passive. If you are not usually a fan of actives, give these a try and see if they don't change your mind.