I'm a tinkerer. Since I was a kid I've been inclined to take stuff apart to see how it works. I often enjoy a thing more when I understand the process that goes into making it work. So with that caveat, which should preemp any responses such as, "Throw them in the trash can!" I submit to you the following question: What can I do to the pickups I just took out of my Harley Benton Ex-76 to improve their sound? I'm not planning on being a pickup winder or anything like that. Heavens no! I'll gladly keep paying the professionals who really know what they're doing for the good stuff. It's just that I've got these things laying around and I'd like to see what's in the realm of possibility for a gentleman guitar tweaker such as myself. I suppose that I'm obligated to clearly define the terms "bad" and "good" here. The "badness" of these pickups is the result of their sounding slightly muffled and fuzzy. The neck pickup in particular lacks clarity and snap. What I would be aiming for as "goodness" would be increased definition, more airiness, a tight yet full and crisp warm sound. Basically, a more dynamic and dimensional quality. The Neck Pup is reading 11.78 K. The Bridge Pup reads 11.75 K. The bridge should normally be hotter than the neck, right? A shiny black magnet in a cheap pickup is probably ceramic, right? I have read a number of things online about what can be done with these things. *Swap out the magnets for some type of weaker Alnico. *Use a hair dryer to melt out some of the wax. This supposedly can give more air to the sound. Is this worthwhile, or is it bullshit? *Alter the length of the screw protruding out of the bottom (there's no protrusion at all here, just slugs visible on the bottom side of both coils). Are any of these things worthwhile? Thanks in advance for your input fellas.