Back in 1999 I played a '75 tele deluxe at Guitar Center. Everything about this guitar to me said "take me I'm yours", however I thought (stupidly) "I dunno if I should blow $825 on another guitar" and walked out without it.
21 years later, Fender reissues the telecaster deluxe and I pick up a Vintera with the sunburst I always wanted. The one thing that needed fixing was the pickups: they were dull and uninspiring humbuckers packaged as WHRBs.
There were a few options to choose from, and I had a specific requirement: I wanted to be able to split the coils, so I needed a 4 wire conductor. Several other makers told me in no uncertain terms that I was "doing it wrong." When I talked to Jesse, however, he told me he'd make it with either 2 or 4 wires, however I wanted it. He took the time to explain what makes a WRHB different, what he personally loved about the sound, asked me what I wanted to do with them and what kind of stuff I played.
Fast forward to today. After playing these pickups for close to a year now, I can say that they are my favorites. They brought my tele deluxe to life. They have all the chime, sparkle, beef, crunch, all of it. The note definition is fantastic, you hear every note in every chord. They sing sweetly, they bark when you hit them, the neck is soulful and the bridge has just the right amount of bite without piercing. Splitting the pickups works marvelously, and each coil has a different character. The bridge furthest back can do Zappa's icepick attack, it cuts through a mix like nothing else. The neck split is warm with a different midrange emphasis in each coil.
These WHRBs are unique. They're without a doubt the most lively and rich humbuckers I've played and have made my tele a fantastically versatile instrument. Jesse told me that these were his favorite to play, and it shows in the quality of the build and the sound it produces.
I no longer regret leaving behind that tele all those years ago. I have the perfect deluxe. Get these. You will not be disappointed.