Or Can They?
I have a hunch that they can. Of course, considering the subjective nature of sounds and guitar tones, every pickup is potentially somebody’s favourite. For some a Strat pickup that doesn’t sound traditionally like a Strat is a great thing. For others that would be heresy.
What you see here is a Squier Vintage Modified Tele Custom II from 2012, originally black with black appointments, 22-fret neck and standard 4-control layout. Now refinished in Candy Apple Red (my approximation of it anyway), refinished & modified 21-fret neck with ivory-coloured appointments and a custom wiring scheme.