Do guitar players REALLY know what they are asking for when they ask for a Vintage guitar sound? More than likely not. Unless they are 85 yrs. old, they have never really heard a vintage guitar new. Even more, can even recall after all those years how it sounded. A guitar pickup loses magnetism immediately following production and continues for the life of the pickup. In just two years time the loss is significant enough to drastically alter the original sound.
How many players today remember the VINTAGE sound of a 1954 pickup new out of the factory? Players may lose credibility when they ask for stuff like that. Most folks hear a VINTAGE pickup after it has aged and lost a tremendous amount of power.
So when a guitar player asks for a VINTAGE guitar sound do they mean what a guitar sounded like in 1954 when new or the Vintage sound now much weaker, after many years of power loss? Bottom line: all that’s needed is a good signal to your amp.