just picked up one of the American Special mahogany Strats. I like the Tex-Mex single coils (not a fan of the traditional super-bright Strat pups) but the Diamondback HB doesn't have near enough low end.
more background: the mahogany body + RW board do make this Strat noticeably warmer than a typical alder American Std but it is far from being a dark guitar. like a slightly brighter SG. I play through a Mesa Stiletto Ace (think hot-rodded JCM 800) and a V30-loaded cab.
if I went the high-output route, I was thinking TB-5 Custom. the single coils are pretty loud so it might be fine. I'm keeping the stock S-1 wiring for now by the way.
thoughts? should I be going lower output like Pearly Gates or '59?
music style is indie rock and punk - I like more raw, organic tones. none of that hi-fi prog and metal nonsense