The older toasters sound really good clean and distorted
I have one of each:
Toasters are great, but high gains are far more versatile and I prefer them. "High" is a bit of a misnomer here. Like others have noted, Ric high gains aren't what you'd typically describe as a high output PUP.
My Rick 330-12 had Hi-Gains and I took 'em off and put a new set of toasters on there. Why? I think they're "airier' sounding than Hi-Gains, and I like the way they look. It's just that classic 60's vibe, and that guitar is meant to chime. I use a Janglebox and a very clean setting. The sound is McGuinn personified. I love it.