Re: most toneful pickups
When it comes to pickups, "better" is highly subjective. Just because some new pickup or new boutique manufacturer comes out claiming to be the "most incredible pickup ever made" doesn't mean it will be one that you like. Even if a lot of people like a certain brand or model of pickup, that doesn't mean you will like it. For example, I lot of people like the Dimarzio Air Norton in the neck position but I don't. A lot of people like EMGs but I don't.
I've been using Dimarzios exclusively now for around 20 yrs. I've stuck with them because by owning one Dimarzio, I have a point of reference against all the rest. My main pickup is the Tone Zone so if Dimarzio's tone ratings (bass, mid, treble) are different than the Tone Zone, I have a good idea of how it will sound.