Originally Posted by Cameron
This - the custom shop run used the new Pat Pend series that will be on the new site that goes live on Tuesday. There's two sets in the series, the '59 Slab Board and '63 Veneer Board sets, both are very accurate reproductions of the pickups found in strats from those eras. They'll both give you absolute definitive strat tones, with the '63s having a tad more power and beef in order to round out the thinner sound the veneer-board instruments tend to have.
However, for slightly "hairier" tones, the Irish Tours are the
pickup to go for. It's like they give you the sound of using big strings and hitting hard - plenty of body and grit, but they still are very musical and clear. They're the most popular single in the BKP range for a reason.
By all means email Tim, but I will also add that I did all of the clips for the new site so I have played the entire range. I also have a set of the '59s in my strat
Good call on not going for stacked or noiseless pickups - adding a humbucking coil will always reduce the top and bottom end extension that a true single delivers and fills out the midrange in an unnatural way. You can attempt to adjust for this when voicing the pickup but the result is never the same. TL;DR, if you want a true single-coil sound, get true single-coils