Nice eye candy, these are, but I agree with the issues noted above... I overhauled the entire wiring harness, new CTS pots w no-load tone, as well as rewinding the stock pickups. Still sounded muffled and then realized the metal pickup covers were a significant contributing factor but hard to find plastic ones to retrofit. Needless to say it’s no longer a part of my rig. FWIW this was over 5 years ago, maybe the newer versions have upped the game.