The cheap ceramic pickups in my Monoprice Tele didn't sound bad, but there was quite a drop in output when switching to the bridge. Ryan sent my pickups by overnight DHL so I could get them for a gig. Unfortunately they slapped me with $17 in "processing" fees, but Ryan kindly refunded it to me. The new pickups are quite an improvement. The bridge is wound pretty hot, so that solved the drop in output problem. The bridge sounds nice and fat, I did lose a bit of the twang, but I don't play much country and it's better for the stuff I play. The neck pup is much clearer than the old one which was pretty muddy. The middle position sounds great. So I'm really happy with these, especially for the very reasonable price. Might get a set for my Strat.