Time to open a MASSIVE can of worms! so, heres the deal, i currently have in the works a mutt of a strat guitar. Through neck mahogany 3 piece laminate with a 1/2 inch walnut center mahogany body with flame birch cap trimmed with walnut edges Massacar Ebony fretboard Schaller hardtail non through bridge. Edit: already planning on using the 2nd tone on the bridge pickup, and running 3 single switches for all possible pup combinations. there will be no pickguard, planning on hard mounting the pickups to the body now here's the problem, i've heard many a reccomendation for pickups but just as many nay's for the same pickup. i'm looking for that single coil tone, as i already posses a les anyways. also i keep hearing about this single coil hum... just how bad is it really? i am not a gigging musician, but would like to record at some point in time. the list i have so far is: Seymour duncan ssl 1's (told its good, but missing something?) Seymour duncan ssl 5 bridge (my ears say wanabee humbucker) Seymour duncan Antiquity Surf's (holy grail or hype?) Seymour duncan Vintage rails (described as lifeless) Seymour duncan Duckbuckers (similar to rails) Seymour duncan Lil 59 (bridge only, and sounds like a les-strat) lace sensor golds Dimarzio area's Fralin's noiseless Van Zandt's Bardens Bareknuckles (out of my price range tbh) and im open to other suggestions. but over 75$ for a pickup is not where i want to go. and i want to get this right the first time! also i live in a bit of a musical wasteland, so my only 2 options for music stores are GC.... and a small shop that dosent carry the boutique pickups. links to where i can hear these pickups myself would be monumentally appreciated! also... has anyone tried wiring the vintage rails in series? and what does it sound like?