I recently found this video: Ryan Bruce is a great Youtuber and I like his videos. Don't fully agree with him on this topic though. His main statement of this video is: With all the tone shaping options we have today (tons of pedals, modelling amps etc.) the type of pickup you use does not really matter anymore. You will get to the tone you want anyway. I mean yes...he is right: The pickup design hasn't really changed for decades. in the end they are just some wire wrapped around pole pieces and there is no magic in it no matter what marketing wants to tell you. On the other hand I think as long as you are not playing extreme high gain or using massive effects, the pickups are a fundamental part of your tone. Changing pickups is still a good way to get to a desired tone and might even be easier and cheaper than buying a lot of pedals and fiddling with EQ. But what do I know. I am just a beginner guitar player who bought his first aftermarket pickup recently (and is already looking for the next one)... So I would really like to know what you guys think about this topic!