Well that's a good starting point. I've learned something. I am one of your "people" that you're referring to for sure 🙂
I think one of the problems is that I always see demos where somebody (I assume) has their amp tone stack dialed in for their gain sound, but start off a demo with "and here is my clean sound..." and it nearly always sounds utterly insipid and lacking in any sort of flavour.
If that "clean sound" in those sorts of pickup demos was a drink, it would taste like dirty dishwater.
I'm looking at you Fluff!
It's ok. I kind of think they blow, too. Not that you do.
I have had them in numerous guitars, and various sets--and they don't
blow. They do have more personality, and tend to be anything but subtle.
I always get this real strong stamp on the tone when using them and that
is not always what I want----even if tone really is all in the hands and not the
And while they may not always be high-gain, they are definitely built
to push more signal than traditional pickups---whether single-coil or humbuggers.
That can result in that harsher clean signal that sometimes resembles digital
clipping to some. Just a really less than pleasant break-up.
Even Gilmour's use of them helped him push signal through 2,700 feet
of instrument cable, and 18,000 patch bay connections in his monster live
rig. Also, noiseless. I am sure he dug the tone, but there were those other
considerations going on as well, and are worth mentioning. He wanted/needed
that hot signal and noiseless solution. It fit. Few of us are in the same position
of having to push so much signal through so much gear.