I mean, my 1993 Strat Plus Deluxe has been a pickup prostitute basically her whole life. I WISH I never sold the original Blue/Silver/Red Lace Sensor's, but I've since found period correct replacements and she's back to what I deem, stock. I've dam near striped the pick guard screws over the years, that's how bad it got. My other PLDlx, which is an older first gen model has the original Silver/Silver/Blue Sensor's, and I'll never touch those not just because of the reason I'm writing this but for the lesson learned with my '93. My 2015 American Deluxe has already had it's share of bed mates. Having recently the original pick guard returned and the N3's settled back in. The N3's get mixed reviews and while I'd expect that from ANY pickup, I'm puzzled at this. I'm honestly wondering if it's just internet mumbo jumbo. Honestly, that's why I replaced them in the first place. Let's be honest. We guitar players take a lot from word of mouth (well, in our cases, word of text) to heart. For me, time to play with my ears and not my eyes. My other non single coil guitars are stock and just fine too. At 47 years old this coming May, and playing darn near half that lifetime, I've come to the realization (for my situation anyway) I've been chasing a pipe dream and went into a spiral of internet, advertising & well, I guess envy (?....that MUST be THE sound) of pickup swaps and obsession. No more. I'm a good enough player with good enough gear to get a decent sound out of the decent stuff I own. I hope, anyway. For example, I have a Marshall TSL head and cab. A Fender HRDlx and Carvin V16 amp. Combined that is 6 different channels, well 7 if you count the Fender's boost, to work with. Plus a couple of pedals in between. Surely I've enough experience to dial in a tone, no? I liken it to cars.....You buy a Mustang but change the exhaust because it doesn't sound like a Mustang. Wait, it came fresh outta Detroit.....as a Mustang. Then you decided to change the sound because....? Technically then wouldn't YOUR Mustang not sound like a Mustang? Of course, that's an entire different argument I suppose. Tone being subjective. And a Strat with an HH config won't sound like a SSS of course. Anyway sorry for the long winded post, just having a morning coffee and thinking out loud. Oh, and btw I am in NO WAY saying that one shouldn't mod their guitars, in fact, do so! I love to read, talk, discuss, A/B whatever...pickup's. But other than using my Philip's now to adjust height, I'm content anyway. There. Whew. I feel like I just quit smoking lol..... Happy Thursday from Sunny Southern Ontario!