I have been on a pickup obsession lately. I have everything from Lollars, Budz, Fender Custom Shop, Don Mare, etc. I have a couple of telecasters where I have been swapping pups right and left. Its a new hobby of mine I actually love swapping pickups and I guess I have been on a journey to find the best. I can't really afford to collect guitars so it is nice to continually work on improving what guitars you do own. A few weeks back I noticed a new pickup manufacturer in the emporiums. He was from all appearances building some pretty cool looking pickups for great prices. I really didn't need any more pickups but honestly his prices were so incredibly affordable-I just could not resist. This new builder is Michael Reilander Here is his webpage. http://reilandercustomguitar.com Here is his emporium link http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=980037&highlight=reilander He makes everything from Stratocaster to Telecaster to P90. I do not know if he makes humbuckers but I imagine if he doesn't he eventually will. I have no affiliation at all other than his prices and the specs really intrigued me. I got 2 sets of pickups from him. They are all handwound. And they are incredibly elegant looking pickups. The bridge pup has a really nice copper back that is engraved and the pickup faces are also engraved. He is charging $80 a set or $45 a pickup. To me that is an incredible deal for handwound custom made pickups. Here is a quick picture. They look stunning in one of my telecasters. Ok for the most important part. Sound Set #1 Reilander Special Texas Style Hand Wound Tele Pickups. They use Alnico 5 pups. These pickups are hot. Neck - 9.5k, Bridge - 10.5k. They sound crisp and clear and have zero harshness to them. To be honest they make a telecaster sound like a les paul but a les paul with more versatility. These pickups really push my marshalls and divided by 13's. What was interesting to me was how quiet the pickups were. They were practically noiseless. They are not noiseless but they were the most quiet of any pickups I have owned. The tone has an unbelievable clarity more so than any other pickup that I own. I really love these. I feel like this set does nail the Texas style, telecaster rock tones. I have this set in my #2 telecaster. I would primarily use these for rock tones, and more slide playing or lead. They are big sounding pickups. Set#2 Reilander Vintage Twang Plus Hand Wound Tele Pickups These also use alnico 5 magnets. These are really smooth sounding pickups. They hit my amps in a very controlled way. There is no extreme top end, just a really round muscular tone. The bottom end is tight. For lack of a better word these pickups are really smooth and round sounding. I am not a huge fan of many neck telecaster pickups and I have been on the hunt for a cool neck pickup for a while now. The neck pickup in this set is really really cool. It is very warm and beefy sounding. I really really dig this neck pickup tonally, I feel like it has more girth than most other telecaster neck pickups but that added girth is tight and defined. It is very hard to put into words. This set is in my #1. I feel like this is the best set that I own. Great pickups. Again the noise level is practically zero. These are extremely versatile and are becoming part of my work horse #1 telecaster. Really nice sounds from this set. Ok here is the coolest part. I am not the most tech savvy. Mike actually sent me the pups with prewired pots, caps, and switches. I literally had to do just 2 solder joints and I was up and running. He included everything I needed and had everything perfectly planned out for me. I was pretty excited. I can't recommend the Reilander pickups enough. They are my current favorites. Of course I will still hold onto my other pups and play around from time to time with other configurations but these are at the top of my list. The prices he is selling these for are a bargain. I don't make clips and I am not looking to get too deeply into comparisons with other brands, the reason is simple it is really hard to put into words the minutia. You have to experience pickups yourself. The good news-they are cheap enough that anyone can afford them.