Agree about the Tele comparison. The 490R&T pickups in my Standard are plenty bright and have good clarity. Theres plenty of humbucker power on tap without getting muddy and yet they are low enough output that they remain very responsive to the vol control, so they clean up very nicely when you roll the vol back. I quite like them even though they dont seem to get a lot of love on the internet for some reason. You can get a real close aprox of a clean snappy Tele bridge sound out of it and a nice warm neck tone with plenty of clarity and string definition. On top of that they are very responsive to the tone controls, so if you roll up the tone about halfway on the neck you can get a very acceptable jazz tone out of it as well, with lots of tonal variation in between. Its a very versatile guitar that can handle pretty much any style of music. Its way more than just a rock guitar.