I had a spare pair of Epiphone ProBuckers (widely considered to be really excellent humbucker pickups) surplused in my take-off pickup bin. When they were installed, with a split-coil option volume pot, they sounded quite good in humbucker mode, but truly fantastic in single-coil mode. Anyway, I removed them to my surplus pickup bin a while back to employ a new set of Gretsch FIlter'trons in the guitar. Thinking back to how wonderful they sounded, when in split-coil mode, I decided to try them out in a Tele of mine, wired up purely as single-coil pickups (because I would never play them in dual-coil mode, and didn't want to be bothered with extra switches or complex switching pots.) I did just that today. Of the four leads and ground coming from each pickup, I used the green lead on each as the "hot" lead, and grounded all the other leads. This effectively disables one coil in the pickup, turning the humbucker into a single-coil pickup. Popped them in my Sea Foam Pearl Tele tonight and found them to have a delightfully remarkable tone. You get all the single-coil attributes that most of us here love... highly-detailed, very clear and articulate, sparkly bright. They don't sound like Tele, nor Strat, single coil pickups - they have their own voice, clearly single-coil, which is awesome. As one who no longer enjoys the typical tones from PAF-ish humbuckers, I had relegated these pickups as surplus and tucked them away. BUT, this little experiment showed me how wonderful a set of surplus humbuckers can sound, when employed in single-coil mode. Essentially, I got a new set of great sounding pickups by raiding a pile of surpluses pickups. That's a GREAT deal, that sounds great.