i was in a Sam Ash a long time ago (5 years+) and he said to go with the MIM that had the pickup poles ground flat from a single direction. then i was thinking how i have probably burned through a dozen (MIM and a few MIA), and my $175 MIM '95 or '96 i don't remember and it is flat, i was looking at a that looked like it was almost in a spiral from the top.

did they change this? did MIM change newer pickups in the last 20 years? for the better or worse?

oddly i like what it has but i am just curious.