I own both the strat and tele single coil sets. They can handle high gain. I don't think it's ideally suited for chugging because I don't think single coils are ideal for that. That said, they are very quiet. The tele has a little more girth on the bridge, so I would say it's a little better if you want to do the high gain stuff. If you went with the strat set, I would wire the bridge to the tone control if you want to do rhythm. It's quite bright.