I've got an alder-bodied American Strat with a rosewood fretboard and 3 (!) full sized humbuckers and I'm looking for a different sound now. As opposed to all humbuckers and high output madness, I want my traditional, 3 single-coil strat back! There's not enough versatility with 3 full sized hummers and positions 2 and 4 have nothing to offer. Eh, it was an experiment anyway.
So I want to transform my Strat into a tone machine. Something that has a beefed up sound but still retains that vintage Strat sound. My all-time favorite Strat tones have got to be (in order) those of Dave Gilmour, Ritchie Blackmore, and of course Jimi Hendrix. I was wondering if there were any pickups that could cover those tones ... especially that Dave Gilmour, pre-EMG sound. I absolutely love his tone on every album from Atom Heart Mother to The Wall but I just don't think the EMG SA's can beat those tones. Blackmore's tone is a close second, and I know there's word about him using Quarter Pounders.
Soooooooo guys, what pickups would you suggest for this kind of tone?