So I have my one custom built Strat I got from my parents for my 18th birthday; I had a love/hate relationship with it for the longest time and almost 10 years later there is nothing original about it anymore, apart from the body and the neck. It now has Schaller locking tuners, a Floyd Rose Rail Tail, a D'Andrea Red Sparkle pickguard, Dunlop Straplocks, Graphtech Stringsaver Saddles and I completely shielded the electronic cavity and changed the pickups a dozen times: I always wanted to have a humbucker in the bridge position for hard rock and metal, but no matter what I put in there the guitar always had a lack of low end and body in the lows, so eventually I gave up, decided to settle on 3 singlecoils and use it the way it works best: like a Strat. Now I had DiMarzio Areas in there until about 2 weeks ago, the 61 in the bridge and the 67 in the middle and neck positions. I decided I finally matured enough to make the jump to some real singlecoils, play like a grown up, get the "real deal". I ordered some handwound Leosounds Irish Tour singlecoils made in Germany and installed them. I am really baffled to say this but: the improvement in tone is negligible. Did it get strattier? Yes, a wee bit. It also got a lot noisier. I haven't had the chance to properly play the guitar yet because I've been working every day for the past 2 weeks without a break but the few times I played it I kinda felt underwhelmed. Now maybe I got the wrong singlecoils for the guitar, have to play more with height adjustment, maybe I'm looking for a different model of pickup (my Mexi Strat with its stock ceramic pickups I used to have sounded the most like I want a Strat to sound), but the fact is it took me ages to find what I like in humbuckers until I got to the point where I'm happy and if I have to put the same time, money and effort into finding my make of singlecoils, that's a rabbit hole I'd rather not go down. Time better spent playing and practicing. So fact is: I like to play with distortion. When I had the Areas in the Strat I'd pile up on the overdrive, turn down the volume pot to get into crunch territory and turn it up to rip some solos. All styles of music from blues to hard rock. The DiMarzios sounded great and stratty. In the back of my head I had that little thought bugging me "but they are not real singlecoils". So I gave in and ordered some. Now I'm seriously asking myself, am I crazy? Am I crazy to feel like the DiMarzio Areas are giving me all I need in terms of Strat tones and I should just put them back in? Cause although the noise is not excessive at home, especially when I stand in a certain angle away from my amp, I do fear the day when I take her to the next gig and the buzzing gets too much... 2 more days and I'm finally off. I will crank my amp and play her properly. I do however already feel like I decided to put the DiMarzios back in. Just some food for thought. The Area series are great sounding pickups. I love them for everything, from mellow to heavy, they are dynamic, touch responsive and dead quiet. So am I crazy? What do you guys think? Cheers!