I had a Tradition Jerry Reid that was my main axe for quite a few years, it had the humbuck in the neck and it sounded great. I get the point behind it entirely, because when cover bands started doing both country and rock ( at one time , believe it or not youngsters, rock bands only did rock music and country bands only did country music as a general rule) you could get the twang for the chicken pickin and get the throaty deep sound of the neck humbuck for a lot of rock music and blues. I will likely end up with a Squier Telecaster with two humbucks to refinish and customize for myself at some point. They are light weight, the necks feel great, and very ergonomic. I think it originally had to do with the fact that before the Japanese got serious about guitars and decided to teach us how to do it properly, there were only a few kids on the block. Gibson and Fender were the two biggies, and it only made sense that they would try to appeal to each others markets. Perhaps at some time some designer at Fender had seen a Telecaster that some ingenious kid put a couple of PAFs in and a lightbulb went off over his head. That is also why you see Strats with a humbuck in the bridge and two singles. Which I think are horrid.