Title says it all. I recorded my '72 RI with the stock WR pickups (which I was told were essentially PAF clones). I then swapped the pickups for the new Fender CuNiFe pickups and recorded the same parts, with the same settings, the same amp, with the same mic... you can see where I'm going with this. I simultaneously recorded mic'd up and direct. Here's the before then the after of the mic'd up portion. I hate to say this... can't tell the difference. Not a bit. Excuse any bum notes.