Hey, this is my first post here, so... howdy! Here's what's on my mind, and I'm sure it's a familiar story: I bought a ~2003 Fender Standard MIM Telecaster a few years ago (new), something I figured I wouldn't have to be too stressed about taking great care of or anything... a stop-gap purchase for GAS-satisfaction and grab-n-go convenience. It never became my main axe or anything, but it has come in handy once or twice. It's ok. Since then I've picked up a couple of much nicer instruments (a Les Paul and a Strat), and lately I've been looking at that Tele with an eye to make something happen with it. At first I thought I should just make it disappear. Then I thought, since it's the only Tele I have, why not upgrade it a little? My main beef with it at this point is that those stock pickups sound dull, noisy and generic. I think I can probably live with just about every other aspect of the thing; I just want to upgrade the pickups. What I don't want to do is spend a lot of money upgrading the thing, since pretty quickly I'll have spent more than the original guitar cost and frankly I feel like the guitar just isn't worth it. I'm not aiming to bring it completely up to par with my other guitars at this point. I guess what I want is to have a reasonably "Tele-" sounding Tele in my collection. Make it not sound like crap. Does anyone have a suggestion for pickups? They don't have to be hum-canceling or super high-output. A decent, basic Telecaster sound would make me happy. Is that vague enough for you? PS. Oh yeah, I play mostly R&B and funk, and occasionally classic rock-type stuff. Low gain, dirty-clean, tone is important; but where it really counts, I have those other guitars to take care of me.