@ Rod Parsons: I've not played a standard but considering the pickups in the CV either are Toneriders or at the very least are made by the same company in the same factory with the same product numbers (including the fact they sound the same and measured output is the same!). I would say the CV is well worth the extra over the standard. Seperately the Toneriders sell for £80 and people rave about them. In fact I've just put a set in my MIM strat. They are outstanding pickups. Add in the better build and qc of the CV (heck, the CV's are better than my MIM's!) and I would say the minimal extra outlay us well worth paying for.