I have a 1997 Standard american Strat with fat 50's pickups ( not original of course )... My problem is the 2 small strings ( High E and B ) are about 20% lower in volume than the rest of the guitar strings... First time in 30 years I ever see that... Are the pickups defect or what ? I played a lot with the height of the pickups, but the problem remains at least on neck and middle pickups. On the bridge pickups, it sounds better. Those pickups were in the guitar when I bought it... I removed the pickguard and with what I saw, (looked on the internet), they really are Fat 50's... any similar experience somebody ? something I've notice... The strings are not ligned up with the poles...but I think it's not the only Strat I've seen like this.. Maybe the original pickups were aligned...I don't really know ? I joined a picture to let you see the alignement..