New poster. Long time lurker. A shout out to the musicmaster-bass-mafia thread for helping me repair my junkyard musicmaster. But to the point. I just bought an old mij 52 RI tele body that came to me with a set of Fralin blues specials installed. Aside from the staggered poles that bury the B and E (little one), and exaggerate the D string (which I think I can get used to) I really like the bridge pickup. The best way I could put it is the pickup has a great mix of grind and clarity when playing chords (I'm primarily a rhythm and riff player). Lots of umph across the frequency spectrum but also articulation between different notes and harmonics. I'm still trying to figure out a way to bring out the B and E, but I've tinkered a lot and haven't found a solution. As far as the neck pickup goes, I can't figure out if something is wrong with it, or if it's just doing what it was designed to do. It seems to lack bass and lower mids in a big way. The neck pickup seems thin and lifeless to me. And because of that ( I think) the bridge pickup dwarfs the neck in volume. So switching from neck to bridge seems ridiculously dramatic. Does anyone have a similar experience with this pickup? I usually go to the neck position for that jazzy mellow full bodied feel, but not with this thing. To be fair, I've only played two other telecasters in my life--a '96 mim that I've owned for a long time, and a buddy's 80's 52 american RI. Both of those guitars have really mellow neck positions. I should also say that I'm experimenting with something new on this guitar--and that is super light gauge strings. My other guitars are strung with flat wounds--10's to 48's with a wound third. I have 8's to 38's (plain third) on this new tele with the fralins. So, obviously that's going to make a difference, but I can't see it curing the disparity between the bridge and neck. Next thing I am going to try is put my normal flat wounds on this new guitar. If it helps, I'll piece together a set of flat wounds that I can make super light. Any suggestions most welcome.