The Rhythm chief is essentially an old dearmond as found on harmony guitars, a random pre-gibson epiphone model, and the early rick tulip guits.
It was only ever really heard on "decent" quality guitars so they were always thought of as sounding cheap.
Dearmond pickups are at the top of my list for style, manufacturing, and sound. The RC pickups sound warm, smooth, and have an awesome high fidelity. When played clean they are very pleasing to the ear.
When played with an overdrive they don't lose their articulation. Chords sound crisp and full, yet the notes still exist in their own space. They don't get muddy. They twang with the best of them, but don't have the harsh high-end bite of fenders, and don't have the mid range Honk of a p90.
The dynamo was my response to being asked for a single coil pickup that sounded a bit more like a humbucker. Personally I like the clarity of a single coil design better than a dual coil.
The 3rd revision of the Dynamo was the charm! The sound is a cross between an old supro/national/Valco pickup with a little bit of a jazzmaster thrown in.
I think it really does the trick!
I love designing and building my own unique pickups. Having something that looks, sounds, and is different from the same old thing really sets my instruments apart.
Hopefully I can get some sound samples recorded at some point so peoples can hear them.