The quandary I'm in is this. I have a gift account at Sam Ash and Sam Ash has a VERY limited selection of pickups. The second issue is that I'm tactile defensive and I hated the feel of the bare bobbins of the 490s so much that I covered them. I appreciate all of the suggestions made here. I can get covered Seth Lovers from Sam Ash. Everything else I see on the Sam Ash web site is either a Gibson pickup or is uncovered. A small improvement will be better than nothing. I don't play in the dirt and my amp has a good reverb so I can't see spending money on a pedal that'll never be used. I have two Sam Ash stores near me. I'll check store inventory. Seth Lovers are backordered on the web site. I'm still open to suggestions. An equalization pedal will change the frequency profile some but it can't improve clarity. From my experience with single coils, the only thing that does that is an underwound pickup. I'm thinking that if I can get better clarity, I can balance the frequency profile with the guitar and amp controls.