The stock pickups in my 2003 McCarty were OK, but I never was really happy... I was looking for some bright, articulate, PAF type of pickup. After thinking for a long time which pickups to install, I asked here and got tons of suggestions. A few sleepless nights later, I finally ordered a pair of 57/08's. If you are in the same situation, don't really know which ones to install and don't want to spend your money on trial and error, here's a video I made with a direct comparison (under the same conditions). McCarty stock pickups vs. 57/08's Hopefully I can help with that...cheers.