i am not a professional musician, so all I can say is this is such an awesome delight to play....moved up from an American standard strat that I put the emg sa Gilmour pick guard on. these pick ups have as much or more sustain as the emg's. I have issues with my left hand going to sleep, and as soon as I started playing this guitar, I noticed it is so much easier to play, and my hand does not go to sleep. you can bend notes all the way up till you run out of frets, and the notes don't fade out no matter much you bend. the guitar just has a rich deep tone to that cuts thru what the rest of the band is playing, and you can really hear the guitar. if I am having so much fun playing this guitar, I cant imagine what a pro guitarist could do with this thing....seems like my boss pedals work better with this guitar than they used to. I am playing thru a Fender hod rod deville 4x10....in my estimation, money well spent!