Helpful - thank you. It sounds like going with a 2019 Custom 24 08 containing the pre-TCI 85/15's is going to give me a great humbucker sound and still sound great split. Or do you think the TCIs sound better split? I know it's just an opinion, but some opinions are better informed than others.
I own the 35th anniversary which is essentially the 24/08. Went to buy a SC strat, bought this instead: we are still deeply in love
 
Maybe a direct question would be better! :) If you were choosing between a 2024 S2 Custom 24 08 with the TCI pick-ups or a 2019 Core Custom 2408 without the TCI pick-ups which would you choose? I know the new 2024 S2s come now with the same TCI pickups used in the Core model.
I would always choose the core. It is a better built guitar all around.
 
Maybe a direct question would be better! :) If you were choosing between a 2024 S2 Custom 24 08 with the TCI pick-ups or a 2019 Core Custom 2408 without the TCI pick-ups which would you choose? I know the new 2024 S2s come now with the same TCI pickups used in the Core model.

If the cost is similar or the cost difference doesn't matter that much to you, go with the 2019. You won't find that there's been a rush of people trading in their older guitars/pickups for the TCI'd versions. TCI is marketing. It's not something that has set the world on fire.
 
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