"And the top 3 Tele neck pickups are ..." - that statement alone begs for a "best" because it demands a comparative evaluation that always leads to a "best" and a "not so best".
what should matter most to all is that no matter what, it's all subjective and there is no right or wrong.
there are definite levels of tone, but the major caveat is that each of us *should* evaluate "tone" individually, not as a group.
there's already far too much "group think" going on in today's world, let's get back to individual thinking.
Jeez man, you're going down a rabbit hole of your own making, Rob.
NO "compiled" nor "ranked" conclusions were thought of, expected, nor put together. Just lots of opinions and suggestions to try out.
There is no "group think" for "best pickup" or "right or wrong" going on here. We all know that tone is subjective to each individual. And each of us does evaluate tone for our own unique preferences. How else can it be done? Personal experience and opinion.
Every opinion stated in the thread is an individual opinion, and taken as such. And these opinions can be very helpful in guiding one's search for a particular "sound".
Each poster in the thread did evaluate tone individually (for brightness, clarity, sparkle) and mentioned their personal preferences. It has been a very successful thread!
THE HEART OF THE MATTER
This entire thread is focused on identifying any individual's top three pickups which they have found to be BRIGHT, CLEAR, SPARKLY. It is not trying to single out any pickups by generalized descriptors such as "best", "right", or "wrong".
THE THREAD HEADING
I get that you don't like the FIRST half of the sentence, the heading, which if taken ALONE, could imply what you are so bothered by - that there may be a small group of pickups that rise above all others. The title is attention getting! Used everywhere in media. Absolutely INCENDIARY! But the title of this thread is an incomplete sentence, completed in the first line of the first post. Could the title have been re-worded better? Perhaps - especially if it would please you.
The ellipsis sentence break... (the three dots) leads you to the complete sentence, which makes it clear that I'm asking for what people, individually-how else?, consider to be their top three brightest, clearest, most sparkly pickups - in their experience. I wanted individual's top three choices - not an attempt to force everyone to agree on a top three bright pickups. Do you understand that now?
IF I could add the word "YOUR" to the thread title, to clarify a bit, I would gladly do that to ease your concerns. Trouble is... too late to make changes. So... we're going to just have to carry on!
Do realize that it is true that for any individual, there certainly CAN be a top three group of pickups for "brightness", in that person's experience. But there is no "best" as might apply to everyone, or anyone else. Most people do understand that!
Applying words like "best" or "right and wrong" in the context of this thread is incorrect.
Seems like everyone else in this thread, but you, understood that request and contributed wonderfully.
HERE IS THE POINT OF THIS THREAD
From this thread, one could compile a good-sized list of pickups that people (individually) consider to be bright clear, sparkly. Something wrong with that? I don't think so. In fact, I think this thread would be a great help to anyone seeking pickups which others have found to be "bright."
There is no attempt here for "group think" of what are the "best" three pickups. There is no attempt to paint any pickups as being "right" or "wrong". I only requested a top three from each person who contributed - if they even had three to mention.
Sorry that you are so bothered by this; I think you're making a big deal out of nothing.
We could go on and on about it, I guess - but it seems like we've made our points quite clearly and the intent of the thread has been quite successfully accomplished.