One is a hardtail top loading swimming pool routed partscaster. Im pretty sure its plywood but has a decent Allparts maple neck on it It originally had 2 hot HBs in it. Now has SSS really terrible brittle and ice picky cheap Chinese ceramics in it. Mainly looking for a good middle pickup tone for Grateful Dead stuff for this one. I wouldn't mind a HB in the bridge but not essential, and a decent middle of the road Strat neck sound. The other is a $150 Affinity I bought on a whim cause its Burgandy Mist and had a nice and dark rosewood board. The original pickups weren't too bad, a little brittle but way better than the cheap set in the other guitar. Right now it has a Fender Tex Mex Alnico 5 set in it w staggered pole pieces and I absolutely HATE THEM. Way too hot, they sound like there's an OD pedal on no matter what. They just don't clean up to my liking. Any ideas? Dont wanna spend fortune on these cheap instruments, looking to give them away to a beginner at some point and just buy a better Strat.