Don't know about about the amp thing as I play through a '65 BFPR w/ a 12" Jensen P12N RI spkr. I also have Fralin's V Hots, Blues, P-92"s & just got a set of Real 54's. They are definitely glassier sounding. Moreso than the VH's. I put them in an Alder/Maple '57 RI Strat. I got a decent deal on them & I'm still in the evaluating period, but as I get older, my hearing tends to lean more towards brighter sounding p-ups that are low-wind....

If the problem isn't w/ your amp, you might try some of RHFactor's Strat Pickups, since they are relatively inexpensive compared to Fralins. I've bought a few sets. Not quite as powerful as Lindy's or Van Zandts, sounds but they sound darn good. Currently digging his Jimi set.

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