Hey All, no question here, just sharing an experience. I've always thought the folks obsessed and distracted by 60 cycle hum were making a really big deal about a little bit of noise. I've played strats for a long, long time. My first electric guitar was a Kay strat copy back in the early 80s. I used them in bands all through high school. I've had too many to count through the years. I'm a "vintage" sound guy through and through. I've owned lots of modern strats and I've always dropped vintage-style pickups in them...typically low-wind, underpowered pickups. Point is, I've never, ever found 60 cycle hum to be a real problem. Until now. My wife and I made a life change two years ago. We left our new (built in 2008) home and bought a nice little charmer that was built in 1924. Gorgeous house in a beautiful neighborhood. The only problem is that my strats and their 60 cycle hum was noticeably louder. It was a dramatic difference in noise level. The house had a potpourri of wiring, a little bit of everything, to include some knob and tube. We took the leap and had the house completely re-wired...expensive little endeavor, that was. I thought that would almost certainly solve my annoying noise issue. No, it did not. I've become a bit of a pro on noiseless pickups in my two years in this house. I think I've been through nearly all of them, except the Kinmans...that's not happened yet. I will say that the DiMarzio Area 67s get pretty close to how I feel a good strat should sound. I've also been playing a lot more Les Paul and SG than I've traditionally played in the past. Recently I found one of those Original Vintage 60s strats. I really liked it. It's one of those guitars that I played in the store and just couldn't walk out without it. This is why I'll never be wealthy. It's my step back into the strat world after having gone over to Gibsons a year or so ago. I decided that I'm going to suck it up and deal with the 60 cycle hum, or so I thought. Today I just broke. Geezuz it's annoying! I find that if I stand facing the west, with my amp facing the north, and I bend slightly at the waiste, hold the guitar at just a slight angle downward, the hum becomes bearable. It's just too much. So I broke down and purchased a set of Barden pickups. A small fortune. I'll never be wealthy but at least I'll be hum free.