So, I raised the pickup. And I raised it some more. And I still plan to go with .010s the next time I buy strings. But I played tonight, in front of people, and most of the time, I played the black Tele with the .009s, and it sounded good. I still plan to do the work on that one, making it a near-Baja, but it is good to know that there's nothing really wrong with it.