"Blackouts are the future of active Metal Pickups"
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
These pickups are great for metal and aggressive styles of music. The sound is equal to or better then other active pickups on the market, but these pickups set themselves apart from the rest because they sound more natural and organic. Each note it accented and articulate.
Came with decent instructions, mounting hardware, pots, jacks, etc. If you already have actives in your axe the quick connect feature is genius.
Ease of Use:
The Blackouts make me sound like a better player because they react like passives abit. It's very easy to get pinch harmonics if you know what your doing. The sound reacts with my pick attack with ease. Much better then other actives which sound a bit sterile.
Everything feels solid and of good quality. However, I highly recommend you be careful with the mounting lips on the pickups because they can break if you apply too much pressure when you attach the mounting rings.
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Great value IMO.
The Wow Factor:
The Blackouts look really sweet in my ESP!
Overall I am very satisfied with the Blackouts. If you prefer an active pickup that doesn't have a compressive hum and sterile sound buy the Blackouts.