Let me first confess that I'm not the brightest bear in the woods! If I were, I would not have purchased a new Ultra a couple of years ago the first time I looked at it. Don't get me wrong, I love Strats - this is my fourth - but I had my year-end bonus burning a hole in my pocket, so I brought it home. I love the way it plays but the tone.... not so much. Yes, there are a lot of tonal combinations available on the stock guitar, but the only one I like is the "passing lane" where, with a simple push of a button, all pickups feed directly to the output jack. So now I'm thinking about taking a bath and selling it or replacking the pickups. That's where I'm looking for some help in what I might pick as replacements. I'm not hard over on the classic Strat tone, mine is an HSS with the Shawbucker in the bridge position, so I'm really open to suggestions. Or, if you would really like to own a white, ebony-necked Ultra (that has been PLEKed!!!!), let me know that, too.