I never used them until I got my first american model, and yeah it's handy having it. I find I don't really use it for recording or writing music but I flick to it often while noodling and jamming. It's a good quality split. It's got enough kick in it that it's not like rolling your volume off when you turn it on. They will never sound like good old strat or tele style pickups, but they do sound good. Just think of it as another flavour, just another thing the guitar does, not that it's trying to be something else.