Sorry to have started a thread that spun so wildly off course.
I get the general arguments pro and con in regards to EMG's. I really enjoy the tone that Keith Urban had coming from his Tele with an EMG. It's not vintage, period accurate, very twangy or much of anything else that people instantly recognize. He doesn't even play it anymore. That's fine. I still enjoy the tone enough to try to re-create a facsimile of it. On most passives, I can tell pretty quickly the difference between ash and alder and didn't want to whiff on chasing the tone if it made that much difference.
(I realize that his BadCats, pedals and fingers play a huge part in his tone. I don't want to be him, I just enjoy the tone.)