I really like the tonal character of the BL 290 series pickup I bought a few years ago, but I was careless with its installation and it went microphonic. I was new to installing pickups, and don't think it would be fair to lay the blame on BL. It was most probably my fault. I never really noticed it until recently. Lately, I've incorporated higher gain tones into my sound, and it'll howl at performance volume if I use the bridge pup. I tried potting the pickup, and followed all the instructions to the letter (leaving it in for over 20 min, shaking the bubbles out, all that), but only got it marginally better. The neck pup is dead quiet. But if I use the two together, either in series or parallel, the guitar howls. Anyone have any experience with these vs. another brand in a similar pricerange ($50-60)?