Background: I have never had a guitar with Humbuckers (unbelievable, I know!)...only Strats and Teles with single coils. As a Southpaw, I am used to having to source, assemble and paint my own guitars. I have enjoyed the process and done about 6 Strats and Teles over the years. Now I find myself finally jonesing for a different guitar with HB's for some variety. I have always liked the futuristic look of the Gibson Explorer and I have a lefty mahogany Explorer-type body and a bolt on Warmoth Explorer-type Gibson conversion 24-3/4" scale neck with angled headstock on order. (I like thick necks and tall, fat, SS frets.) I have been doing some research on which set of HB's to buy...and admit I'm kinda confused. I know much of it depends upon what type of music you play and what "sound" you're trying to achieve. I don't have a particular sound...I like most of the Les Paul sounds from the 60's and 70's...Clapton, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, etc. I like to play Classic Rock and Blues, mostly. For amps, I have a late 50's Fender Tweed Champ, a '71 SF Super Reverb (overkill, I know, but its so much fun to play!) and a Boss Katana 100. A multitude of pedals available, mostly for overdrive/crunch. I'm not into heavy metal distortion. As an amateur player, I don't want to overthink this...I would expect that any established pickup maker that makes classic PAF-type stuff would probably get me what I need. I've looked at and listened to websites and Youtube videos of most of the major pickup makers. There are a plethora of choices...from Seymour Duncan, DiMarzio, all the way to Wizz and Throbak! ($650 for two HB's!) They all seem to get great reviews. Its great to have so many choices, but also kinda confusing. Your choice of Alnico 2,4, or 5 magnets with varying resistance. (Often I don't hear THAT MUCH of a difference between pickups, mosty subtle to MY ears) I have been on a big Lynyrd Skynyrd kick lately, really enjoying the sounds of Gary Rossington's Les Paul and Allen Collins' Firebird and Explorer. I believe Rossington's Les Paul "Bernice" was supposed to be a '59 and Collins' Explorer would have been a "new" 1976 model. I guess I want something along those PAF lines?... able to achieve a relatively clean sound as well as get some crunch. (I know the amp and pedals used will also be a big factor in getting overdrive.) Another question...many of the pickups can be ordered with 4 wires, enabling split coil and in/out phase options, vice the traditional two lead pickup wiring. Is it worthwhile to go that route? I'm sure folks will have lots of recommendations...thanks in advance for educating a "newby" older guy.