Hi guys/gals/ppl. I've owned a 50's Classic Series since 2007 or something. I've never been 100% happy with its sound. Dug it out lately because I'm on a 2 & 4 kick and experience is finally telling me there's just something wrong with this guitar. A set up and adjustment will give me a little bit of that Knopfler business, but not much. Takes a Boss compressor to really make it happen. Meanwhile, I played 4 Strats yesterday (60s Vintera, American Professional, Clapton, and Custom Shop '59 NOS) and all but the Clapton Strat had what I was looking for, and the Vintera had it in spades. Spades of spades. (If that guitar is anything to go by the Vintera series is awesome). Zero compression in this case, just the guitar straight into the store's 68 Deluxe. Anyway, just looking to speak with some other Classic Series owners and try to figure out if I've just got bad pups or electrics, poor expectations, or if any of you upgraded to a different set of pups and what they might be.