I found the 498T a little too harsh and tinny, and replaced the pair with Lollar low-wind Imperial humbuckers. You can still hear the same tone on the bridge pickup, but overall the pickups take a good guitar and make it better. Was it worth the $250 net cost? I don't know; I probably could have done more with EQ to improve the tone, but bandmates say it's like I have a different guitar. It's definitely fun to play and something I'll hand down to one of my kids when I get too old. StLouiePlaya - sounds like you are in St. Louis, MO. Where do you play? I haven't seen many people play this guitar. I don't play much blues, but the tones out of it are great for that.