This is the next installment in my AS73 series. In the last thrilling, fast-paced episode I succumbed to GAS when innocently minding my own business and browsing in a music store. http://www.tdpri.com/threads/the-as-73-tale-of-gas.744928/page-4#post-7796642 In this episode, I take action when faced with decidedly uninspiring OEM pickups in the same AS73. They were OK but just kind of blah for my tastes. I like more lively humbuckers with clarity and good note definition. I have a pair of GFS Retrotron Nashvilles in my Xaviere XV-950 and really like them. I figured I would stay in that genre for the AS73 and after listening to the sound bites I settled on the Liverpool Retrotrons. They are AlNico while the Nashvilles are ceramic. Decided not to go with the Hot Liverpools since I have read that overwound pickups tend to go a bit darker and I didn't want to go in that direction but wanted something that would work with the larger resonant body of the AS73 but still have nice clarity. I installed them this morning along with D'Addario Nicket Wound 10s. Decided not to do coil split so it was a simple clip and resolder using the old pots and wiring. I may put in coil splitting in the future. Wow! These pickups are great for my taste and playing style. Strumming, finger picking and flat picking sound very nice. They have transformed this guitar into a nice sounding as well as nice playing instrument. Mission Accomplished! Old Ibanez pickups.