Both the 57/08 and the 59/09 sound very PAF like and are smooth sounding and very balanced. Compared to a pair of real PAFs (not all of them were alike as you might have heard already), installed in a different guitar, they sound very convincing. My personal fave however are the DTG pickups, which sound very close to PAFs, but react much better to volume pot manipulations. Not to mention their great "single coil" sounds. Really usable and a real step up IMO.