Huckers, by nature, are a compromise. In order to cancel the hum of the otherwise perfect single coil pickups, such as the P90 -- the original standard equipment in Les Paul guitars, huckers pair two single coils together (in various configurations). Trying to overcome the hum was the goal of the pickup. Their design wasn't motivated by a quest for "better" tone. (Hence the name, "hucker." ) The result is a fat sound and a strong signal (that happened to be perfect for overdriving amps into distortion.) A little muted, but lots of folks like them. But if you want to hear a guitar string ring and you want nuance, there's nothing as simple nor sounds so good as those early Fender pickups. Listen to Jimmy Page play his Tele live and on record for that great blues rock band Led Zeppelin. Not saying I wouldn't want a Les Paul under the bed next to the sweaters, but for me it always starts with a Fender -- or one of those bouteek Fender lookalikes.