So I'm not a "strat guy." Never could gel with them. I mean I LOVE the sound of them when other folks play them. But they just never did sound right in my hands. Ironically the first guitar that I bought was a strat. But I grew into a tele player. Or more accurately, I found "my voice" on the telecaster. But a few years ago I wanted to try a strat again, so I got a strat similar to my first. Early 90's MIJ '57 strat. After countless pickup changes I realized I just don't gel with strat pickups. I absolutely love how the guitar itself feels and plays. So I've been having fun trying different "unorthodox" pickup combinations. Something just for fun as a change of pace guitar for a different sound. And here is my new iteration. Put in high sensitivity filtertrons with a new pickguard. So far I'm loving it! Anyone else out there that didn't gel with a certain model of guitar until you went outside the box?