Hi Strat people, somewhat of a lurker but I had to join finally to show a few things I've been collecting and ask how common they are. Main one is I have a C series MIJ strat. I think it's from '85. It has these low output ceramics, but they are the nicest ceramics I've heard. They don't do everything, but for clean sounds, I prefer them over pretty much anything else I've heard. It's a kind of niche sound, but they sound really acoustic. So I popped the cover off to get a better idea of what these beasts are. I presume they are factory but not sure. For comparison I've had a few different SDs and DiMarzios, and a whole lot of crappy factory pickups that I've put them up against. They are non-staggered, and have silver wiring. Does anyone know if that was standard? I've only seen copper wiring in factory pickups. Trying to attach a few photos. They are only 4.3 -4.4 k (neck is actually highest), which seems really low. Also this neck, although beat to hell, and with several bad dings and fret wear, plays nicer than anything else I've had my hands on, including douching around in stores on some fairly nice instruments. I'm kind of stunned how good it is. I bought it thinking it played so well so I would mod the sounds but it sounds go good I'm thinking not to screw with it, except maybe add a series option. Especially since the pups are low resistance, I guess they will work well with a series option. Then I have a few other projects on the boil. Got an affinity strat I'm converting to Fishman Fluences, because I liked how it played but not how it sounded. Totally doesn't fit (push-pulls are way too deep) so I'm hand carving the damn thing out of stubbornness. Probably should have started with a different body but I'm halfway through now. Also got a few cheaper Legends and Arias etc, that I practiced modding on before getting the MIJ strat, a Les Paul, and a tele that I liked a lot, but I had to dump because it beat the hell out of my forearm when I played it. I really tried to be a tele guy, but I admitted I'm a strat guy. For me, it's the shape that works.