Okay, I grabbed a great bargain a few weeks ago when I picked up a brand new 2014 TradPro II Goldtop for a very good price. I was super impressed with the guitar itself, the playability, construction, fit/finish, etc... the sounds were darn good, but I noticed at the first gig, it was lacking a good bit of clarity, especially when played side-by-side with our other guitarists R8 and R9. I opened up the back plate and saw how weird and horribly small those push-push pots were. the caps were teeny/tiny and the wiring was a jumble of very small gauge wires. I also had static noises when I touched metal, I think it was due to the battery's proximity to the pots, etc... One thing I DID NOT like was the sound of the boost... it got raw, gritty and had way too much top end to it, so I knew I would never use it. So I did something that may seem like it was a bit silly, and had my tech do a complete re-wiring of the guitar. He used the new Emerson kit (here... http://emersoncustomguitars.bigcart...nos-paper-in-oil-caps-long-shaft-pots-lpv-pio ) that uses CTS pots, Paper-in-oil caps, MUCH better wire, etc...) and the difference is amazing!! Same pickups, same 3-position switch, just new pots / caps / resistor, new wire, and new jack. CLARITY!! The sound is much more open now, the middle position and neck position are AWESOME for throaty, deep, clear, clean tones.... the bridge is a real growler for those vintage PAF-like grinding tones and it overdrives SMOOOOOTHLY. Although I thought I would, I do NOT miss the coil splitting. The cleans are so clear and punchy now, that I MUCH prefer them to the split coil mode the guitar had before. No more buzzy/static noises, no more 9-volt batter, and REAL pots and wires in my guitar. I know some of you will say "Why didn't you just get a Standard or a Classic?"... I played LOTS of LPs in my search and I just preferred the way this particular one played.. the weight is heavy 10lbs 3 oz, and the neck is perfect.. bigger than a 60s but smaller than a historic 57.... almost right around a nice, comfy 59 shape, and it just bonded with me. Besides, it was marked for a sale price, close to $800-900 less than a new Standard.... and the Emerson kits are only $75 bucks. So if you like your Trad Pro II, but wish it were more "vintage" like in tone, this is a good option. YMMV, but I really, really like this guitar even more now. Definitely a guitar I can ply for every song in our lineup if i want... it's that flexible with just manipulation of the volume/tone/switch lineup. No splitting necessary (and no need for a boost switch!! the top is retained when you drop volume on this!!! NO MUD!)... so I can run with just guitar controls and a good OD pedal and play pretty much anything. Well.... within the limits of my playing ability!!