You know it's a sickness when you just bought a guitar that fills your heart with joy every time you play it, but you can't stop thinking about the 'one that got away' (so to speak) when you're not. You know you've got it bad when you're getting all excited about having a custom pickup made for a guitar that you don't even own yet! You know you probably need professional help when you take said desires to a group of other sick people for validation and enabling. Oh well... here I go again. My recent acquisition of the Squire Classic Vibe '50s Tele was not an impulse purchase. I considered buying one for over a year before I finally pulled the trigger, and went through a perpetual cycle of GASsing for it, then talking myself out of it, then GASsing for it again, etc... During that time, the Vintage Modified Telecaster Custom also competed for my affection: I mean... Just look at it. It's so... Badass! I think part of what prevented me from buying one is that you don't see these in stores nearly as much as the CV '50s. I think I've only played a VM Custom in a store once, whereas, I can't recall ever being in a big-box guitar store when they didn't have at least one CV BSB hanging on the wall. The other factor was that I didn't care much for the so-called 'Wide Range Humbucker" (it's just a regular sized G&B humbucker under that large cover, and they fill the rest of the space with wax). Crappy pickups have never really put me off a guitar purchase in the past, but I didn't know if there was an affordable replacement for it. If I had seen these more often, and I knew of a replacement for the WRHB that didn't cost an insane amount of money, it probably would have been more of a contender... As it was, the Custom faded out of my consciousness and the CV became the primary focus of my desire. Now that flame has been rekindled upon the discovery of 'Brandonwound Custom Pickups'. They make a reproduction of the WRHB that's reportedly very faithful to the original. No, it doesn't have threaded CuNiFe pole-pieces like the original. That material has truly become 'unobtainium', since nobody makes those magnets anymore and nobody wants to, but they claim that the sound of the original pickups came from the coil design and the strength of the magnets... Not the magnet material. Frankly, I don't care how accurately they reproduce the sound of the original WRHB, I just want it to sound good, which the stock pickup does NOT (and I don't like the new 'revoiced' Fender WRHB either). The Tele Custom (both Squier and Fender versions) seem to be designed for high-gain applications, and they do sound good with OD and distortion... But you can say that about almost any pickup, really... Played clean, these pickups sound like pure ass. I checked out the usual suspects: SD, Fralin, Lollar, and some more 'boutique' options: Mojotone, the Creamery, Telenator... Prices range from $180-$200 per pickup (except Mojotone. They're $130, but I think they're too bright). GFS has a WRHB replacement for $37, but there's no way to tell what those sound like. Some suspect they might sound just like the Arctec WRHB from China. At any rate, Guitar Fetish doesn't have any in stock. The Brandonwound pickup costs $125 (still a little spendy for a pickup, but it's not $200, either), or you can send them your stock WRHB and they'll rebuild it to their specs for $90. I doubt I can do that with the Squier pickup, though, since it's just a normal sized humbucker. Comparing demos of the various pickups, I like the sound of the Brandonwound best. I know that's not an entirely accurate way to judge a pickup, but it also gets a lot of love from the Tele community. My questions for AGF are: Does anybody here own a VM Telecaster Custom? What are your thoughts? And what are your experiences with WRHBs? Has anyone tried any of the various replacements? What are your opinions? Thanks!