viking's quote above exposed even more of my ignorance WRT Fender history. I knew Fender used them in some guitars and not others, but what was the rationale? My 74 Thinline (WRHBs) sounds great with them, and that makes sense, but why did they put them in single coils? Were those single coils wound specifically for 1 meg pots? Were 1 meg pots used on particularly muddy SCs? Given the modern-day revulsion to anything above 250k, how did they sell them? Were they meant for stage vs. studio? I personally love them in several of my of my Tele's with mostly stock pups - both cunife and non-cunife WRHBs as well as mellower SPs. But I actually USE my tone control to tame the highs if desired. Sometimes I want them, sometimes I don't. I am not a set-and-forget kinda guy. Anyone have info on Fender's use of 1 meg pots. Were "icepick" complaints common on those guitars??