They started opening music stores around here and I was driving by one and my car found its way to the parking lot. On a whim, and since I literally have nothing else to do I grabbed a set of Fender Vintage Pure ‘59 pickups. I have a CS NOS ‘68 strat and after a year I’ve come to the opinion that the CS 69’s in it are very cool, but really lack that full range “boingy” quality that I dig most about strats. Don’t get me wrong, the 69’s are great, but they really excel at the more foward, punchy hard rocking 70’s sound and I have to exaggerate the treble on my pedals and amps to wake up any kind of vintage tone out of the guitar. Long story short, with these relatively cheap, impulsively bought, zero researched pickups in my CS Strat, I can get the strattiest, smooth to gritty, and most dynamic tones. It can still do 70’s rock, and the neck when overdriven has the most delightful warm and “hollow” tone when I dig in. I am on the fence about the new bridge vs. the old one, but I’m gonna work with it. If worse comes to worse I can always put the CS ‘69 bridge back in. Another difference is now I don’t have to have all the treble knobs wound up on all my pedals and amps. The whole guitar is just so much more lively now. If you would have told me even a month ago that I would be inside my precious Custom Shop Stratocaster with a soldering iron I would have laughed at you, but here we are, and I am honestly overjoyed with the results. It is truly “custom” now.