Hey, I've got a MiA Fender Strat (rosewood fretboard) and I've installed Hotrails in the bridge and neck. The volume is a 500k but the tone nobs are 250k. I love the bridge pu but the neck is muddy. I've also played the pickguard on a MiM strat (maple fretboard) and the same sound.
Would changing to a 500k tone pot help clean things up, generally speaking? Or perhaps the first and easiest step is to change the capacitor to a lower cap? ... Say from a .05 uf to a .02 uf (as opposed to going to a higher cap)?