Recently I installed the CS bigcats on my custom strat ( Alder body, maple neck, Indian Rosewood fretboard). The initial reaction after installing it was- It is the quietest true single coil I have ever played. It almost felt like a noiseless stacked humbucker I have in my other guitar. Now coming to the tonal characteristics- The neck and middle pickups are extremely articulate, just as you would expect a strat pickup to be, but most importantly inspite of being low output and stratty they don't sound thin, they have got a 3 dimensional depth to their tone which you can feel as you play and can only be described by saying it feels "very juicy". The bridge pickup is a little bit hotter and being a humbucker in the bridge user I was a little skeptical, but when I played through it I was surprised to find its round and full tone. With distortion and a little twitch of the tone knob I was almost into humbucker territory; and pinch harmonics are a breeze as well.
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