Getting really good pickups is difficult. The best new pickups I've heard were built by Ron Ellis (delivery time over 3 years). The Throbak pickups from Jon Gundry are not much inferior to Ron's. One of the reasons: he also uses old measuring devices from that time. Whether PAF, Strat or Tele, Jon's pickups are for me the best on the world market. There is only one more who can beat these pickups: Nacho Banos - but his pickups are only available in his own guitars, which for me are the best new fender-style guitars.