Lately I've been playing a lot with my local band. We go for tunes from blues/jazz of 40's and 50's, and have a great keyboard player, bass player and singer. Anyways, in that band of ours I always go for clean tones unless called for (sort of to imitate brass' I crank up the volume, turn off the tone on the neck pickup).
I am using my 95 LP standard setup for clean stuff. The amp is a celestion G12H30 and JJ tubes modded fender blues jr. (US model made in 98), and only use a delay pedal. I have a phat cat bridge and alnico 4 59n.
I turn up the volume on the amp quite a bit, like 7-8. But on the guitar I set the volume to 5-6 (audio pots ). The tone I get from the bridge is sooooooo good! If I wash off the mids on the amp, I can swear that you'd think that it is a tele! When the mids are on, it sounds like a good old p90. And if I were to turn up the volume on the guitar, and roll off the tone I get into PAF bluesbreaking terriroty. The middle position is excellent as well. The wound strings sound very clear, highs aren't irritating, ...
As you can see I am very happy with the phat cat bridge.
I think the a4 59n is the by far the most clear HB I have ever used. But I think I am gonna change it and get my self a phat cat neck, especially after seeing what it can do in the bridge. The neck (afterall it is a HB) does not have that nice sound on the wound strings. It is not boomy and all, it is just not a single coil pickup.
For the last 6 months we've been playing in places with lotsa neon lights and all. And guess what, I never had a hum issue with that phat cat bridge of mine. God I love that pickup!
I cannot believe how I could miss the p90s up until recently. That phat cat I think is definitely the most versatile bridge pickup I have ever used. Feels like I'd been looking for this pickup for a very long time (like 10 years!).
I am definitely ordering the neck version pretty soon.