I had a Aspen bodied Behringer H/S/S Strat(Metalien) that was very bland except for the bridge. Put Dimarzio's HB's in it, problem solved. Put those ceramic mag pickups in the oak body and wow. Easily one of my best sounding guitars. I've built 3 now and on #4. The Alnico pickups that I tried were too bright, muddy or wooly.