Hey guys, I've stumbled into a worm hole of discovering all kinds of pickups. Like most electric guitar players I thought pickups came in three basic flavors with a lot of variants-- Tele, Strat, and Les Paul. But truth be told the Tele and Strats tended to be a little too strident and the PAFs tended to be a little too muddy, especially on the wound strings. Now, as we all know, there are lots of pickups out there in these 3 categories that have different ways of addressing these problems-- different winds, different poles, rails, stacked, yadda yadda yadda. But then there's all the other pickups out there. Mini-humbuckers like on my '79 Les Paul Deluxe. Dynasonics-- the Dynasonic 2000s in my Gretsch 5127, and the Dynasonic 2ks in my DeArmond M75-T (kind of like a light P90). Then there are P90s, WRHBs, gold foils, Filtertrons (all types including uber expensive TVJones to the affordable Fidelitron), Jazzmaster pickups, Jaguar pickups, various lo-fi pickups found in old Harmonys/Silvertones, etc. The good news is that rather than have five Telecasters with five different takes on the classic Telecaster pickups, I can have a much wider variety of guitars with a much wider variety of sounds. The bad news is that the worm hole has infinite gravitational pull-- there is no end to the pickups that can be tried and critiqued, with many variants of each type, original and copies, for the cork-sniffers to debate. I was going into the worm hole of thinking that some kind of Filtertron might be just the thing-- the pickup that has everything I could want-- humbucking with clarity, tight lows and highs, but also sounds good dirty, etc. But then I thought, wait a minute-- I've got a huge range of guitars/pickups already, this is really much more a want than a need. Besides, with the arsenal I already have, I could probably take an EQ pedal to one of the guitars in my collection and get something plenty close. So for you guys that have tried every kind of pickup under the sun, which comes closest to your Platonic ideal pickup? What would be your guitar pickups if you could only have one type? Right now I'm leaning towards my two Dynasonic variants although it would be wonderful if they were humbucking. I had high hopes for my Telenator Mod1 WRHBs but at the end of the day for me they are really good but not top of the heap. I'm also starting to think that even something like the DiMarzio Eric Johnson pickup would work-- traditional humbucker but EQ'd very bright and clear. Or the many stacked pickups that are out there-- you get tight focus and clarity due to the narrow design, but you also get humbucking. They may not have as much personality as some of the classic pickups like Filtertrons, but on the other hand maybe that makes them more versatile-- nothing a little EQ can't fix....and we also can't forget that the whole sound is also a product of the other aspects of the guitar's design as well as the rest of the signal chain. This is definitely a first-world, middle class problem. When I was a kid I could only afford one electric guitar and I would just make do as best I could.