This past week, I did something that I am almost certain will make a few cringe... I put GFS pickups in a Gibson Les Paul My (used) Les Paul Studio Faded came with Burstbucker Pros in both positions. While I was content with the sound for the most part (particularly the bridge; never bonded with the neck), I found that I was drawn to the nature and character of single coils. Skipping some of the story and details, I decided to try the GFS Mean 90 (bridge) for a P90-esque flavor and the GFS Gold Foil Alnico Single Coil (neck) for something just a bit different than anything I've ever tried. I must say, I'm impressed. The Mean 90 doesn't quite have as much grunt as a nasty Gibson P90, but I prefer that personally. It definitely leans in that direction, and I don't miss that humbucker at all. The Gold Foil Alnico Single Coil is very low output, and it really chimes. I like it for clean, gritty-clean, and jangly tones; it also has some nice clarity for lead lines. The magic really happens with both pickups together. The 2 and 4 positions of my strat have a special place when I'm playing; I love how I can go from clean to gritty, and it feels so dynamic. Sure, the Mean 90 and Gold Foil will never sound like my strat's 2 or 4 positions for a variety of reasons, but the dynamics were all there; whether I was twisting the volume knobs or changing my picking attack (often I vary both to get different shades of "clean"). Go ahead. Call the mob. Let the dogs loose. Bash me. All I wanted was that same dynamic range and clarity that (in my experience) only single coils can really achieve, but keep the shorter scale and playability of my beloved LP. I'm still on the honeymoon, but that Les Paul gave me more of what I want in rehearsal last night than it ever has. So, it begs the question: What unthinkable act have you dared with your guitars, amps, pedals, etc?