I want a telcaster with a humbucker in the neck position and a normal tele bridge pickup. I'm not trying to make a micawber clone, just want a versatile guitar with that configuration. Since I will modify a normally appointed telecaster to get there, I'm leaning towards using dual concentric pots to give me a volume/tone for each pickup. My first guitar ever is a MIM Tele Standard which I bought new in 2009 and currently has Fender Nocaster pickups and a Wilkinson bridge but is stock otherwise. I bought a Don Mare 00038 which has been on a shelf for years waiting for this project and have a humbucker for the neck that came out of an old Greco. Recently, as I prepared to finally start making this thing, I got the thought that maybe I should leave the MIM tele alone since it already has upgraded pickups. At the same time, I came across a CV BSB telecaster and snapped it up with the sole purpose of putting the 00038 and neck humbucker in. Long story short, I like the classic vibe more in both playability and sound. The pickups are far lower output, but have more character (and twang) both with and without gain. The MIM sounds acceptable, but hasn't ever wowed me. It never had much twang although I don't play much country (classic rock/punk/indie). It is also less different in sound from some of my other guitars with PAF or p90 type pickups. Therefore, I'm thinking about reversing course. Hack up the MIM, leave the CV stock or close to it (already needs a new jack cup, maybe find slightly hotter pickups eventually). It seems like having a twangier tele with lower output pickups would be a more unique tool for me. I'm not overly concerned with resale value on either guitar, fwiw. The MIM I will probably never sell. The CV was pretty cheap to begin with so I don't have a ton in it to lose. Anyone been through a similar thought process or have any advice?