I'm thinking of buying an ES-339 from a friend. It's stock at the moment so it has the 57 Classics in it. I've got those in an LP at the moment and they're OK (soon to be changed for the Slash set), but I've played the ES-339 and they're a little uninspiring.
Unplugged the guitar is loud and twangy.
I want a nice airy, dry, articulate tone in the neck; I suspect it's going to be a '59 or a Seth - but should I also consider anything else? Pearly Gates perhaps? Jazz? I might split this pickup to the screw coil too, but I'd rather have a nice humbucker tone than compromise to get the single coil sound.
For the bridge I'm after I guess what you'd call a rockabilly tone. The most gain I'll ever use with this guitar would be just a little boost into the amp to overdrive the input a little. So to me that says probably low output again. Another 59? Could it be that simple? What else should I consider for that?