Reading this on Jason Lollar's website, I found myself disagreeing with almost every one of his points. He says that flat pole pickups are the way to go, and I prefer staggered pole pickups. I'm no Lollar, but I do make pickups (just so you know that I'm not speaking from a point of no experience.) Jason is a pickup master, and I respect him and his pickups immensely, I'm not saying he's wrong and I'm right, I merely disagree with his opinions and wanted to get a consensus from all you tele freaks... Lollar:In most cases the flat-pole pickup will give you a better string balance. Me: I disagree, I find the D string to be weak compared to the low E on flat pole pickups. Lollar: The high E won't get buried in the mix like a staggered-pole pickup can. Me: With the unique 3-screw mounting design of tele bridge pickups, this is easily overcome by tilting the high E polepiece closer to the string. Lollar: No one ever comments that their 1952 telecaster has bad string balance. Me: I disagree, that is in fact why they changed from flat pole to stagger in the mid 50's. Lollarn Gibson guitars no one ever staggers the adjustable poles as much as strat pickups. Me: True, but this is simply because the fingerboard radius is different, and the strings follow that radius. Do you prefer flat or staggered polepiece pickups on your tele bridge pickup and why?