I picked up a set of Don Mare “Supersport” strat pickups (with non-RW/RP middle) and put them in my guitar this past Friday. After letting the guitar “settle-back” in and adjust the pickup heights, I’m really loving these pickups! My review below…. What I was looking for… So I’ve tried so many of the boutique brands out there and have not been completely satisfied. For whatever reason, I’ve had to compromise. For example – “great neck pickup, but not enough quack in the neck/middle”….“two usable positions (neck and neck/middle) the rest are too bright”, etc. I consider myself a decent player. Mostly playing at home these days, but after almost 30 years I have a good appreciation for tone and what sounds good. I’m also at a point where I’m tired of the gear search. At one point I had a ton of guitars and amps, but now I just have one great guitar and one great amp. I was honestly skeptical when ordering from Don and figured I had 1 or 2 “last shots” in my pickup quest before stopping and settling (just don’t have the finances or energy anymore with 3 growing kidsJ). Overview I don’t know about you, but I run through my cliché set of guitar riffs when I test pickups as a benchmarkJ Ex - When I play “Lenny” does it have enough chime and sweetness? When I play Voodoo Chile, does that low-E thump and have that piano like sound? When I play that Wind Cries Mary 12th to 14th fret hammer-on does it shimmer and have that bell-like quality? Silly I know, but the Don Mare’s passed with flying colors and more. Overdriven sounds were awesome as well with my Blackverb. What set the Don Mare pickups apart IMHO… · Balance – Amazing string to string balance and between pickups. Barre across at the 3rd fret and strum, and then again at the 12th fret….the volume is even and no string dominates. Balance between pickups is great with nothing too “pushed” sounding or bright in comparison. · Low end Thump with Sweet Highs – Not sure how he did this, but the low end is tight and piano like and the highs are sweet and shimmer (with just the right amount of compression). Other pickups have had a tight low end but were aggressively so and the high strings were harsh as a result. · Responseness – Great strat pickups respond depending on pickup attack and these are no exception. More responsive than any pickup I’ve tried. Hit the strings hard and you get a nice treble-burst…but not harsh. Vibrato at the 15th fret on the high B string without picking and you can actually start a note… Equipment Used K-Line Strat with rosewood board plugged straight into a Redplate Blackverb combo with a 10’ Evidence Audio Lyric HG cable. Wait Time/Customer Service Don quoted 2-3 weeks and the pickups arrive within that timeframe. Good email and phone contact – no issues! In any case, hope this review helps. I’m also of the mindset to never say “this blows away that!” or “these are the best!”. I believe there’s an application for most everything and it’s the combination of the entire signal chain that lead to great tone. That being said, I love the Don Mare SuperSports and they fulfilled exactly what I was looking for.