I've played R&B, jazz, country, classic rock, funk, you name it, anything but metal with HB guitars and single coil guitars. (nothing against metal - just don't have the chops for the great leads I hear!) It all depends on if I am in the mood for a smoother attack with more of the fundamental tone or the narrow aperture, more 3D thing that traditional Strat neck, Tele bridge and P90s (esp in the neck of an old archtop) do so well. It also depends on the amp, the rig and the gig. For louder gigs, low output singles into the clean channel on my Quilter could use a boost and better EQ control (in my opinion...). So if I really want to use that channel but don't want to use a pedalboard, I'll use the buckers.