I have absoultely ZERO issues with OP and his comments. His ears, his wallet, his guitar...get what you want. Knock yourself out, impacts me 0. However, there are other comments here stating that if you want the best you gotta pay for the best. Are you a metallurgist? A scientist? Have you run all the required tests with full peer reviewed documentation to prove conclusively that so and so has better quality materials than the other so and so? If so, let's see it. If not, you're only giving your opinion based on your decisions. But so and so famous guitarist uses them...ok, has that pickup purchase put you on stage or are you still in your bedroom? Having to cover marketing and endorsement costs to set themselves apart from the competition adds greatly to price. Look at Nike. If there was truly some magic combination of materials to make perfect sound, that's all there would be to choose from. I have my opinion, you have yours. Neither is fact to anyone but us, so **** with the arrogance to assume otherwise unless you can provide the documented facts otherwise.