I have mentioned my new Squire Strat in other posts and am liking it more every day. The thing that made me fall for it the moment I plugged it in at GC was that it sounded like a gang of biker ducks. All the quack you could want with a bit of attitude to keep you on your toes. I think I'm going to have to upgrade the pickups though because while they sound great at bedroom volume they are noisy as all get out at higher volume and start feeding back. I tried cranking my AC15 to 5 (which scored points with the neighbors I'm sure) and the noise coming from these pickups was almost deafening in itself, although considerably less in positions 2 and 4. And feedback started bleeding through almost immediately. As a comparison I plugged in at the same volume my Am St Tele with the Little 59/Vintage stack set, and, well, at high volume is where you separate the men from the boys as far as pickups go. So I'm going to replace these but I want to keep the quack intact. And it occurred to me that I really don't know where it comes from. It is much quackier in 2 and 4, so am I right in assuming quack is generated by a single coil middle pickup combined with a bridge or neck pickup? If so, how much of it comes from the pickups you use as opposed to just being a guitar with three pickups? Better pickups will give you a better overall sound, but will different makes affect the quack quotient? All of which being a discursive request for recommendations for good replacement pups that preserve the essential Strat character. I'm sure there are many options that will make this thing sound better, but I also want it to still sound like Strat.