So I've been putting together this t-type for about the last year... So far: Rutters body and hardware (except Fender bridge with my birthday as the serial number), Musikraft 1-piece maple neck with a "52-U" profile (not a blackguard neck but I made my own "Tadeo taper"). It will basically look like a blackguard. I have a Klein Esquire bridge pickup (same specs as their Epic '52, A3, 42 gauge wire, ~7.6-7.8k). Right now I have the bridge pickup wired straight to the output. I have a 3 way switch and CTS push/pull pots for volume and tone so I can have phase and series/parallel switching. None of this is in the guitar yet. I paid a bit of a premium for the bridge pickup, mostly because I heard a ton of sound clips from different sources that gave me a pretty good indication that I would like it, and I do. There were other pickups with basically identical specs, but I was willing to pay for it because I could do my due diligence ahead of time. I don't want the neck pickup to have an early 50's sound, but I want the output to be matched with that of the bridge. Bridge height is currently set to about 5/64 from the strings. I'm looking for more of a scooped sound for the neck pickup. Two that I have found that I like the sound of are the Klein Epic '61 (A5, 43 gauge, 6.5k), and the Fender Pure Vintage 1964 (A5, 43 gauge, 7.6k). I don't understand how the Fender sounds like it sounds with those specs, but I'm no rocket surgeon. I'm also interested in the Klein Scooped Mid-Range (A5, 43, 6.7K) and their "Limited" (A5, 42, 5.7k). No sound clips and no reviews on those last two, so the ornery side of me will probably prevail and I will eliminate them as possibilities. The Klein would run me about $100. I could get the Fender for $40. I've been building this for so long that I'm willing to wait another month for the one that would be just right, so price really isn't the issue. I just wonder if the Fender might overpower my bridge pickup, and if that 6.5K Klein might be just a hair under-powered. You're probably going to tell me that I can't know until I install it and that will drive me crazy Pickup picking has been the part of this project that has really been getting into my head, keeping my up at night, etc... I have changed my mind at least a thousand times so far. This will be my only go at getting the right guitar (I'm currently borrowing the lamest mid-80's Kramer you could think of- the Iroc-Z of guitars). Sorry this is so long. I can't really help it. Any thoughts from y'all?