There is a Fender 40-watter out there that nobody pays any attention to. Its the Fender Blues Deluxe.
Tweed cab, single 12" Eminence speaker. Glorious tone and punch, and you can buy them all day used for $500 or even less...
Speaking of Richie Blackmore....Our bass player is British, and toured Europe in a very good hair band during the nineties. Evidently, the great Deep Purple guitarist had a less-than-stellar personality, because most of the opening bands called him "Scratchy Richmore"!
Allowing the strings to contact the back of the bridge can cause a forward-leaning bridge. It'll happen
sooner with an ABR with the posts screwed directly into the top, but it can happen with modern bridge mounting, too.
I bought and installed a pair of Swedish-made Lundgren minis in my 2018 Firebird, and they sounded wonderful--smooth, warm, and with luscious sparkly highs. 'Course, they cost $347 shipped from Sweden....
I think you get what you pay for when it comes to pickups.