No, I'm not hallucinating! I'm talking about when your "ear" gets more refined, for a lack of a better explanation. For example: When I bought the Seymour Duncan '59 Model humbucker earlier this year and installed it, I couldn't really hear a difference between it and the stock pickup. Today, the differences are glaringly obvious. 2nd example and why I posted this thread... When I first got my Silvertones in my avatar, I couldn't ever tell a difference in sound between each pickup/combo of pickups except for the bridge. Positions 2 & 4 sounded just like 3(mid) & 5(neck). Fast forward to today and I can actually hear a difference. And I like positions 2 & 4. They definitely have a sound of their own. A sound I quite like. On a similar note, I've also come to the realization that the Silvertone guitar I paid $40 for is actually a damn good guitar. Much better than the other Silvertone I have that I bought new at full price. Yes, I realize most of you figured all of this out centuries ago lol(jk) But I'm still pretty new to this so I'm still picking up on all this stuff. Anyway. That's all I've got. Thanks for letting me share!