Hey, so most of the time I've been playing I've pretty much avoided single coils like the plague. The first guitar I ever had was a Squire SSS strat, and I never enjoyed the "boingy", trebley tone of those single coils with any kind of distortion. I just couldn't get them to sound crunchy, and wrote them off as whimpy pups for whimpy music lol. About a year ago I bought a Rondo SX short-scale strat though, with the intention of wiring it in series like Brian May's guitar. With that kind of setup, you can form humbuckers in the 2 and 4 positions from the single coils. But I never did it...because for whatever reason, the cheap, ceramic-magnet single coils in that guitar are awesome. The bridge pickup is ridiculously mid-heavy and crunchy, and really good for oldschool metal tones. And the other ones sound smooth and syrupy for cleans and leads. I don't know if it's just something about those particular pickups, but my opinion of Strat single coils has completely changed. I think they're now my preferred pickup for anything but extreme metal. And I like the ones in that guitar so much that I might get some of those conversion ring things and switch them into my Epiphone LP, which is my go-to rock guitar. I'd encourage anyone who's anti-SC to try playing some Mercyful Fate stuff with a vintage Marshall kind of tone with them, 'cause they're actually awesome for that.