I'm having to make a decision on whether to use ye olde filed pickup tabs + wood screws for pickup mounting, and the Fender method for neck/body mount, vs. the more modern inserts method. The luthier's point-of-view is that wood screws work just fine (they do) and that a stripped mounting hole can be plugged and re-drilled (they can). However, if an insert gets stripped it's a whole different issue! Inserts however have significant advantages: 1) Using the right size machine screws means you may not have to file down pickup mounting tabs 2) Failing this, getting rid of the screw thread near the top and finding matching inserts will get the same results 3) Smooth feel, action, + better coupling (I think) as tightening happens both ways. Note that I do not care about any potential tonal benefits here, I'm mostly going from the construction and ease of adjustments side of things +, why fix something that's not fundamentally broken? What do you guys think? Have you ever seen stripped inserts?