Like most of you,, I like to tinker with my guitars. Unlike most of you, I solder like a one-armed chimpanzee. I can usually manage to (sloppily) replace a pickup, but that's about my limit. Anyway, I have a 1979 Gibson The Paul that my parents bought for me in 1979 - my first good guitar. It's very special. It was like a part of my body during my teens and 20's. Unfortunately, sometime in the mid 90's I lost my mind. I removed (and threw away) the stock pickups because they were rusty, and replaced them with Carvins. I soon grew to hate the Carvins, and the guitar spent the next few years in its case. In the early 2000's, I tried to replace the Carvins with humbucker-sized P-90's and install all new electronics. What a disaster. I spent hours, even days, trying to get everything to work. I burned my fingers and the guitar trying to do the soldering. Eventually I gave up and took it to a local shop. They installed the pickups and replaced the electronics. I hated the pickups. The guitar is walnut with an ebony fretboard and it was just harsh. Back into the case. This year I was determined that I would get this guitar back into playing condition for its 40th birthday. I did some research and decided that Alnico II pickups might work. I wanted to try them, but I knew I couldn't/shouldn't do the installation, and I didn't want to spend a ton on pickups, pay for installation, and then learn I don't like them Enter GFS Kwikplug. I got their wiring harness and a set of Alnico IIs. Around $100 total. Everything looked to be high quality and well-constructed. The GFS rig frankly looked much more solid than the components the local shop used. I took out the old electronics and installed the new. It took me about an hour. It would have been half that but I arranged the pots wrong (twice) and installed the pickup mounts backwards. The verdict: it sounds great! No noise, no problems. The Alnico II pickups work really well in this guitar. I think I'm going to keep them, but it's nice to know that I am only about $30 and 10 minutes work from trying different (GFS) pickups if i get the urge. I took the guitar to band practice this week and played it all night - the most playing time this guitar has seen in decades - and man it felt good. Thanks GFS!