I've been playing for 35+ years I have been on that "perfect sound hunt" forever. I love vintage a2, a3 a5 magnet pickups. I love humbuckers too same deal. Some of my favorite pickups have ceramic magnets, I like (not love) the sound of MIM ceramic single coils, they sound really "stratty" The 80's MIJ low output ceramic pickups almost sound more vintage to me than "real" vintage pickups. Humbuckers........Dimarzio super 3 was made by Dimarzio for Fender, looks super hot on paper but not really. D Allen Johnny Hiland set, dual blade with ceramic magnets and one of the best if not the best strat set I have ever heard. Who has the same experience?