Recently I've been hearing the pick a lot as I'm playing. Is my technique getting worse?
I use the same picks as always, around 1.00mm Dunlops (the blue ones and sometimes the green ones). They're not very flexible so it's not like I should be getting that clicky thin pick noise.
Is that a function of pickups?
Actually, the clicky pick noise is made worse by thicker, stiffer picks.
Roll off your tone knob slightly to deal with it, or adjust your technique.