Yes, HS-2 and HS-3 are ridiculously no output at all. They would work well in an all single coil guitar if you crank the amp a little more.for jaxadam, found the hs series to not be very strat like at all. the hs-3 especially. no hum, yes, but no output either. for him to drop cash on a replacement, dimarzio has way better pickups for him.
sounds like your looking really into the SCN from fender. the samarium cobalt noiseless or the duncan classic or hot stack.I was looking for something between an HS-3 and a Virtual vintage Blues, area 61,58, 67 seems to be too mid and bass less for me, I just want something like my american standard pickup but without the HUM and with more output.
I've got the Fender Hot Noiseless set, and imo the neck pickup is worth the entire price of the set, they're absolutely phenominal.Fender scn seems to be a good option, still I would love to hear more opinions, thanks