I put Kinman Surfmasters to replace the originals in a ‘64 Jazzmaster to fix a serious noise problem, and they improved the sound tremendously as a bonus. Like brookdalebill, I don’t know about their PAFs.
In the avatar:
MIM, probably around 10-15 years old. Mods include Wilkinson three saddle bridge with Gotoh saddles, Fralin Vintage bridge pickup, TV Jones Classic in the neck (body already routed for a neck humbucker), and 5-way Bill Lawrence wiring from 920D. Pretty much covers any base...
I’ve got a ‘64 JM with threaded saddles and, like TokyoPortrait said, I just aim for the pole pieces. I grant that won’t work if the only reference is a covered Tele neck pickup. In that case, I’d center the strings over the bridge pole pieces. I can imagine adjusting that if one of the E...
The SD Alnico II Pro in the neck and Pearly Gates in the bridge works well for me, albeit in an Epi Dot Studio 335 wannabe. If you want something even lighter, I’ve got Fralin Unbuckers in a PRS S2 and I’m very happy with them.
I put a 3 saddle Wilkinson on my MIM Tele in my avatar. I’m very happy with it. It’s about half a millimeter short of covering the bridge pickup rout. It’s visible only if you look hard, not a problem for me.
As a follow up, I think Taylor’s laminate series guitars (100, 200, GS Mini) are veneered poplar. I don’t know if you or others regard that as good news or bad, but I have one of the first GS Minis and a 214e before that, and I like them, especially the Mini.
My avatar Tele has a clear pickguard, but a clear guard on that Strat would expose my horribly messy wiring. BTW, love the SG in your avatar. My first good guitar was a ‘69 SG Special, bought in ‘69 with summer dishwashing job money, and I still have it.
I’ve had the pictured J-50ADJ since 1971. It had cracks from the bridge to the bottom of the guitar, which I attribute to the original adjustable bridge (!). I just took it to the local big music store and they filled the cracks. It’s been fine ever since.
PS. Many years later I had the...