There's a saying in professional soccer that there are piano players and piano movers. There are the forwards (the players), who—with skilled footwork and finesse—score goals, and therefore score with fans. And there are the backs (the movers), whose grunt work, though important, doesn't appear in the stats.
I've never really had the opportunity own a set of these pickups because I've always played vintage instruments and preferred to keep them stock. That was until recently, when I bought a 1991 Les Paul Studio as a touring guitar. Although this guitar sounded good with the stock pickups, I couldn't resist the opportunity to install a set of Bare Knuckles and find out how good they sounded.