Staggered for that vintage look.The old 7.25 radius need the stagger to compensate for the curve.Now with guys using 10 and flatter.I do not think it makes much sense to stagger.But your a blues guy so why got flat pole.What do you prefer?What kind of pickups and what strat do you have? I have a USACG partscaster 9.5 radius.Jeff Chevalier Pickups(1967 bass/1959 middle&treble) all vintage stagger by model year.Great thought for a Thread!
on the other hand I have 7.25 radius at the nut and 9.5 as it goes down, and the bridge is set at 12" radius with flatpoles.....wether this is optimum I cant say but it works for me.
Bobby D your a wise man.How about that Duncan Broadcaster with the flat poles? speedtaco please do not try an file them down. Alnico magnets are very brittle they may chip. But if you like to have fun&do not mind destroying things by experimenting(i know i sure do)then get a Dremel tool set and go for it.