I recently bought a used MIJ late 90's '52 reissue Tele. While it looks wonderful and feels like a perfect fit on my hand, the p/u's are not exactly fulfilling my tonal desires. Since the guitar was made 20 years ago in Japan, the reissue is not exactly an exact "copy" of the original blackguard. I think it has the stock Texas Specials (staggered pole) which were common back then in the Japanese Fenders. I'm looking for a sweet, kind of compressed strat-like neck sound, not too bright, not too muddy. In the bridge I'm looking for a rich tone, once again not too bright but without losing the classic Tele "twang". I mainly play clean tones with sometimes a bit of gain but rarely overdrive. More like natural gain. I currently have a '65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue, although I might swap it for a Custom Princeton '68. I understand the subjective nature of this thread and obviously I will try to test different pickups myself, however I don't think I will be able to get my hand on any models that are not stock but seem to be liked by quite a lot of people. Main example are the Lollars, which Tim Lerch seems to love. Also, on a side-note, can someone explain to me the differences between staggered and flat poles? Many people seem to speak highly of the flat ones, however since the majority of the modern T-shaped guitars have the staggered ones I figured there must be some upside in choosing them.