I've got an 89 Clapton start with the gold lace sensors and it's my number 1 guitar. The pickups sound fantastic. I had a 92 strat plus with gold lace sensors but I eventually sold it because the pickups sounded thin. They actually sounded thin from the beginning but I kept the guitar because it played good. Last week I saw a local deal for a 95 Clapton strat with gold lace sensors. The guitar was perfect but had never really been played. However the pickups sounded really thin compared to all my other strats. I may try to flip it but not sure yet. It's great eye candy. And yeah I raised the pickups up. In fact they were up when I got it so I suspect that may have been why the guy sold it. It seems like the later gold lace sensors are not as good as the early ones. Any opinions?