I installed them pretty much immediately upon arrival, and got them tweaked in pretty well. The disassembly of the guitar for the pickup install gave me a chance to stick in a small shim to tilt the neck back a smidge and give me a bit more angle at the saddles, which the guitar desperately needed. I used my old AZ voter ID card, since I just got a new copy. The two ends, with their rounded corners, made the perfect shim shape and height to get where it needed to be.
Since it's not an official Fender Tele, of course the pickup mounting holes were a smidgen off on the tight side, but nothing that a little bit of time with a slim throwaway box cutter (
neck) and my Dremel (bridge) couldn't fix.
After the little bit of adjustments needed to get the guitar playing right again after the neck shim, I proceeded to dial in the pickups.
I found the trebles a little harsh and biting at first on the L48TL bridge pickup and the low strings a bit quiet, but lowering the treble side and raising the bass side a bit from the standard starting point evened it out very nicely. Now it's got bite for days on the plain strings and solid, crispy, twangy out the wazoo wound strings and superb sustain across the lot.
The L202TN neck pickup sounds fantastic with the stock setting, but just a hair better with the bass side up a smidgen more, so that the pickup is almost perfectly parallel with the pickguard. This is a rhythm pickup tone I could use without ever wanting another rhythm sound, and it works quite well for leads, too. It's clear, it's crisp, it's full, it sounds almost like an acoustic guitar....
Having played a stock Tele style neck pickup (with that slight smoothing treble loss due to the cover), however, left me with a bad jones for that sound, too, and I'm sure I will still be going and getting the 4-way switch and experimenting with small caps and resistors to try to find that sound as well, so I can have both!
The combination of the two pickups is everything that a Tele should be (and more), without the noise. It has the classic Tele bitey, twangy thing going on, and could be a Nashville Cat's main axe easily, or slide into old R&R or any number of different genres.
Thanks to gckelloch and handsplayingbutterfly for the info on these!