When we started working with Billy Corgan on the pickups for his signature StratÂ®, we sent him several models to try out. He liked the Air NortonÂ® S in the neck, Chopperâ¢ in the middle and Tone ZoneÂ® S in the bridge. After playing them on several gigs, he asked for some changes in the neck and bridge pickups. He wanted a deeper sound from the low strings without losing any punch, and he didn't want the sound to get muddy with high-gain amps. To do this, we lowered the frequency response of one of the the coils in each pickup just enough to boost the bass while opening up the mids. The end results are the pickups that are now in Billy's signature StratÂ®. They do exactly what he wants in humbucking mode, and he's found they work really well in split mode as well.