i found a guy out here who'll swap out 2 humbuckers and split (or parallel, or something) the neck one for a grand total of $70. ($40 for the pups, $30 for the other thing)
is this normal?
it seemed ok to me so i went for it. eor don't know nothing, really. this, plus the cost of the pups (used off ebay) are almost equal to the original value of the guitar when i got it back in 96 or so. ($220)