...Mods, feel free to move this thread to the pickup section if necessary... Well and so: I've seen so many posts where somebody writes in that they've got a new SG Standard or '61 RI or SG special and they think the sound is muddy. Does anyone on this site feel this way? And if so, do you tune a full step lower than Concert pitch, or two steps low? Does anyone who tunes to E regular pitch feel this way? I'm wondering if there's a correlation between tuning your guitar way low and finding fault with the stock pickups. I'm wondering if the stock pickups (meaning the 490/498 set that's stock in the SG Standard and Les Paul Standard or the 57 Classic set that's stock in the '61 ReIssue, or the 490R/490T set that's stock in the SG Special) are designed to be played in E regular Pitch. What say ye, me droogies? Is there a problem with stock p'ups if you want to tune to C# or lower? And if so, what pickups should we recommend to the guys who come aboard here with the same stock complaint? Has anyone in our community solved this problem for themselves. If you choose to tune low, and you've got some pickups that work great for you, what are they?