Since I am doing a good amount of studio work, I was recently using my P Bass to record a basic 8th rythm switching from the E string to the D string. It dawned on me how a well adjusted split-coil, (correctly angled), allows you to have a very even string to string output. It is a great advantage for studio work as it requires a lot less compression. The waveform on Cubase showed the output to be almost similar with the four strings. Unless you use a pickup shaped to follow the neck radius, most "flat" pickups won't be as even sounding. Even the ones with protuberant poles under the A and D don't deliver such an even sound . Just an observation for all the bass geeks out there.