The "upgrade" version (black headstock script, super jumbo frets) had hot-but-lousy pickups. Supposed to be especially good when used distorted, in practice they were beaten by just about any other pickup. Some people kept the neck pickup, but the best course of action was to get rid of them. I suggest that if FMIC has devised some wonderful pickups for the Highway One, it would've sold for more money and they never would've been tempted to kill it off in the first place. The Strat version was not bad at all - the dismal pickups on the Tele IMO dragged the entire range down to its demise. I wouldn't disagree if someone suggested these super overwound A3 pickups in the Highway One Tele are my least favorite Tele pickups of all time. Yeah, they get dumped.