It’s been a revelation to me to realise there really can be a big difference in how pickups sound. Now, I completely agree with your statement; I couldn’t replicate the sound of the humbucking Les Paul with my Strat or my Godins. And I love my Strat and my Godins. But for a long time previously I’ve always thought single coils could always replicate any humbucking tone.
Your comments about the bass are interesting and spot on. This is why I need to spend more time properly listening to mixes and balances. And more importantly (possibly), how many stages of compression/normalising/limiting I apply to stuff.
Gear lust! Don’t hold back! Seriously, I bought the Godin Session Custom 59 because I had been looking for a reasonably priced Tele. I really fancied the Baja, particularly because of the awesome sounding switching possibilities. The Godin was on special offer from a small UK shop, and I went for this over the Tele because a) it had even more switching options; b) the neck radius is 12" not 9.5"; c) it had a whammy bar. I really like the Session, but ironically I can see the benefit now in having a fixed tail guitar for double stops and country bends and so on (although I think the Stetsbar is excellent at holding tuning during bends, I don’t know if you agree). However, I would ALWAYS recommend Godin guitars to anybody. They are great value and they are great to play. And the 12" radius fretboard makes them feel flat and fast, like Gibsons tend to feel.
I will change the bass sound (amongst other things) after the advice and comments I’ve had here and I will update the mix. I really appreciate your comments.