I am playing blues through to hard rock music through an older Friedman head. I have a mid 2000's R7 with stock burstbucker pickups that sounds good to me. It's not perfect, but what I like about it compared to my other guitars is how I can get a sound that combines "openness"/definition with punch and fullness. Although I like the sound of the R7, guitars with bolt-on necks are more "home" for me. Over the years I have mainly used higher output pickups in those guitars (EBMM Axis stock pickups, Super Distortion, JB to name a few). They have worked fine more me, but lately I have been finding myself looking for more of the openness of my R7. I have a Baja tele and I really like the bridge pickup on that. It actually comes closer to what I'm looking for in terms of punch and openness than anything else I own, but not quite full enough. After doing a bunch of reading online, it seemed like switching to a more vintage output humbucker would be the ticket. I recently acquired a Suhr classic model (alder, maple, rosewood) with a Thornbucker in the bridge but found it lacking in output. So I switched to a Bare Knuckle VHII and found it to be really piercing on the treble side. However, I also find the stock V70s excessively bright, so maybe it's a bright guitar??? I haven't tried any other Suhrs so have nothing to compare to. Anyhow, I'm not sure where to go next. Based on what I've researched, I feel like I "should" be wanting a lower output humbucker, but the ones I've tried have been lacking. While they have both had the openness I've been looking for, they have been lacking in other key areas. Too thin, and in the case of the VHII, too bright. Again, I do kind of wonder if this might be a brighter sounding guitar overall given that I also find the V70s too bright. My tele isn't even close to as bright. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.