I have never had the pleasure, but just suppose I had in front of me a pile of vintage Strats, from 1954 to, say, 1965. What would be the differences in tone, broadly speaking, or would they all be so similar that one could not really hear any distinct differences.

I am curious because of the many custom pickups out there in the marketplace, many of which might offer both a 1954-style Strat pickup as well as a 1965-style. Do you think that anyone could tell the difference in a blindfold test to the point where they could identify a pickup by age or at least age range?

Inquiring minds want to know!