For decades, I've been mostly a fan of the neck pickup, and neck-middle pickups in my Strats and Teles. I didn't often play the bridge pickups on their own, as they just seemed too bright for me. Funny how tastes can change, though. Recently I've been playing the bridge pickups more as I've developed a liking for the brighter tones. This came about as I found that when playing with chorus and more overdrive, the brightness of the bridge pickups improved the tone. And now, just playing clean (as I usually do) I'm enjoying the detailed, articulate clarity and sparkle of the bright tones from bridge pickups more than I ever have in the past. TO that end, I've recently been conducting sound tests, carefully comparing a variety of Tele bridge pickups that I have: Cavalier 51/52 Cavalier Fat Lion Cavalier Huge Lion Dimarzio True Velvet Dimarzio Area-T Fender VIntage Tele (MIM) Fender Hot Standard (MIM) to the Strat bridge pickups that I have: Fender CS Fat '50s Fender CS Custom '69 DAllen Voodoo '69 Among these samples, I find the Strat pickups, the Fender CS Fat '50s, DAllen Voodoo '69s, and Fender CS Custom '69s, to have significantly more harmonic richness and detailed clarity than the Tele bridge pickups exhibit. Not that the Tele bridge pickups aren't clear and bright, because they certainly are, generally. It's just that I hear more richness, more complex harmonic detail, from the Strat bridge pickups - especially with the (brace yourselves...) maple neck and ash body combination of my American Standard Strat. This was a bit of a surprise to me, because I've never done such a close, comparative listening experiment between bridge pickups before. And the results were very interesting to me. As a result, I have a Tele that I'm planning to install a Strat Fat '50s bridge pickup into. I think the resulting combination with a Cavalier Lioness at the neck position should yield some really cool tones - especially in the middle position with both pickups on. I would imagine that I'm not alone in discovering the pleasures of the bridge pickups after many years of not using them very much? Is this familiar to some of you folks?