+1 on the average output pickups. I also like give some room between the strings and the pickup. It takes a while to figure out where they sound good but it’s worth it. You can get a whole lot of flexibility by changing the height of the pickups. For humbuckers I like he sound I get from an Alnico 2 pickup. I haven’t tried Alnico 2 single coils yet but that’s on my todo list or a hybrid like the new Fender V-mod Alnico 2/5 Pickups. I’ve read good things about them.