I'm real close to buying a Maverick set, but there's a used RA-2 set I also have my eye on. These are crossroads pickups In the RA-2 loaded guard [I think]. I really like bright, scooped and clean and currently am very happy with my 'S' set. Would the Maverick set be redundant to the 'S' set, or are they more spanky and percussive like 50's single coils?I have the Mavericks and want to try some Cross Roads. I agree that they sound brighter than most Strat pickups But it balances very well in an HSS setup. Overall they are great pickups!