I've always been a Les Paul humbucker guy. I briefly owned 1 strat and I've only played teles for a few years. I've owned less than a half dozen. I've experimented with aftermarket pickups just a little bit. I'm not entirely sure I really even know what the middle position on a standard 3 way tele should sound like. I play on the bridge probably 90% of the time, the rest on the neck. I really never use the middle position. That said, I've never experienced this issue on my other teles. I get a noticeable volume loss in the middle position, also the tone is thinner. I have tried switching the wires around and verified it is not a phase issue. The pickups are a matched set of Fender Custom Shop Blackguards. They sound awesome separately, not so in the middle position. From what I've read, it looks like these pickups are RWRP and I don't know if any of my other teles have been that way. Does anyone else have this set? Or have you experienced the same thing with RWRP pickups? Thanks!