Hi everyone! I'm a complete noob to Lace pickups and have no experience with them, just stock Fender pickups. I've been interested in Lace Sensors for a long time, and I really like the tones that Clapton and Beck got from them in the 80s. I've decided I'd like a set of golds in my Strat. However, after reading countless threads, a consistent theme that pops up is that the new Golds don't have the same mojo as the old Fender-Lace labeled ones, though I haven't seen anyone state a definitive difference between old and new. Can anyone with experience using these pickups give me their opinions? Also, do I really need the Clapton mid-boost mod to get the most out of these pickups tonally? Side note: I've seen rave reviews for the Hot Gold's and they sound good on demos to me. How do they stack up compared to the standard golds? Thanks!!!