Hi folks, I picked up a 2004 Squier Standard Strat on the cheap last week. It has a great look and feel to it, but the pickups are SUPER bright sounding. It has a 2-point trem and a large headstock. I brought it home, cleaned it up, and restrung it with D'Addario 10's and removed the pickguard for a lookie-see. I opened it up to find that it has AlNiCo pickups and 500K mini pots. It is my understanding that 250K pots would be better for these single-coil pickups, but since I didn't have any lying around I just piggy-backed the bridge pickup onto the neck tone pot to try to take some of the edge off. Also, I lowered the pickups to 4 MM on the bass side, 3 MM on the treble. This worked, to a point, but I have to have my tone knobs down to about 4 and roll off the volume to 7 or 8 in order to get the shrillness out. Does anybody else have one of these? Is this normal for this guitar? Should I get new pickups or will dropping the pickups lower and getting some 250K pots do the trick? Thanks for reading!