ok...here's my 2 cents. i do get a good blues type single coil tone out of my rg550. here's how i do it. i put a coil tap in it, which taps both hums at the same time. this only works in posistions 1 and 5(full on for each). i turned the neck hum around. its a fred if anyone cares, but there is more of a reason to that later. when tapped the neck hum has the outer hum working only, just like that of a strat neck single. you lose alittle bit of quack do to the 24 frets instead of 21-22, but it is remarkably close, even in a baswood body. this is where the fred comes in. due to the generic, "covers all bases" tone of basswood, the fred is a great tapped hum for single coil type tone. a little fatter than usual, but not that it sounds like a p90 or fake "fat" single. the "dual resonance" coils adds alot of harmonics and quack to it in the tapped mode as well. i personally love it, and it works well for strat'ing out an rg. my crowning achievement is rewiring my rgt3120 from scratch with a custom wiring job. since i NEVER used position 3 on a 5 way(cuz it sounded like mud to me) i used the vlx91/otax switch to make 3 become a neck single with an air norton. the results are astounding!!! the tone is a very fat single that has quack, balls, and warmth. i the air norton was used where the adjustable pole was close to the neck and the custom wiring job splits each coil off seperately depending on switch position:ie. inner coil on positions 2 and 4, outer coil on 3. so it is possibly to get a strat-ier type blues tone/vibe out of a strat, even with the shredder wood.