Last year I picked up a vintage blonde Squier Standard. I was about to do a national tour, and after recording I learned that a Tele just sounded really good for what I needed. This Standard is really really great. The neck is as straight as can be for a budget, 7 year old guitar. It plays wonderfully. It looks good. The pickups though are just... Well they work. They aren't beautiful. They dont make reach for that guitar as much as go for my Deluxe Modern Player. So I need help. So many Tele pickup upgrades out there to choose from. The sheer vastness of choice is paralysing. Musical Role I find myself playing more and more arpeggiated riff parts, and then switching to articulated rhythm heavy chord work. I suppose a rough analogy would be that I am at times both Peter Buck and Thom Yorke in the same song. Anothet way to slice it: my guitar playing and my mandolin playing are beginning to merge into the same style. Desired Sounds Bridge Aggressive, punchy when pushed, jangly and vocal when dialed back. Acoustic like. Articulate. Twang is good in rational amounts. Neck Thicker, woodier than usual. Hotter too. Full without being muddy. Something to say! Lots of stock tele neck pickups sound super boring, or downright avoidable. I guess thats what the middle position is for... --Side note-- I've never played a pickup loadout on any 2 pickup guitar with a middle position sound I've liked enough to make it my home tone. Only ever sounds good at moderate instrument volume, delicate playing. Strumming sounds bad to me here. Maybe I'm missing something? --End side note-- I've heard some Broadcaster bridge pickups and am intrigued. I've similarly heard the texas specials are good moves too. Sometimes I wonder if the differences in all the tele pup permutations are really that meaningful, or if its more like "this pickup is better than the one you have. Trust me." So I guess aside from recommendations, a walk through of the logic of the choices could also really help me, especially when researching. Thanks!