I always had trouble with my Tele neck pickup. It usually sounded kind of dull and characterless, although it was usually OK in combination with the bridge. I tried a Strat pickup (Dimarzio Virtual Vintage, I think) in that position, but I didn't like it. I should probably blame it on the pickup itself, since I didn't like it in my Strat, either. A year or two ago I installed a set of Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele pickups. They sound excellent, especially the neck. All positions are very usable, and I spend a lot more time on the neck than I used to - probably 2/3 on the bridge, 1/3 on neck. My only problem is that both pickups are a little microphonic, and I can get squealing if I'm not careful. Point is, I finally found a Tele neck pickup I like: the Fender Twisted Tele.