Thanks so much for all of your awesome comments on my cover and other songs I just love playing the guitar...it's one of the purest joys in my life. I'm glad it comes through in my music. TNTales - I totally didn't mean to hijack your thread! My original intent was to demonstrate that you can get the tone in The Wind Cries Mary on pretty much any decent Strat (doesn't matter if the pick-ups are alnico or ceramic)...however, if you're itchin' for a new set of pick-ups, then I say go for it!! If I could afford ones like the Custom 69s, I'd get 'em too. Good luck on your quest for tone!