Fairly certain the pickups in my AV ‘56 are A3. I can say that they sound plenty bright, but have the in my opinion, huge added benefit of quite a bit less magnetic pull. This translates into really negligible amounts of that weird warble one can get from stratocaster pickups. You have to crank...
Clearly we wont ever agree on this.
(whoops edit) No, rather you are very correct, I was going through these comments too fast, and thought you had responded with “cant ever be good”. Yes indeed, can be good or bad.
Sage advice. I tried several times to quit cold turkey and it never took. What did the trick was about a year of 2 or 3 cigarettes a day. After awhile it was like “jeez these are really terrible why am I doing this??” and I was finally done!