i've really been diggin albert king tone lately. what i'm thinking is a 2 pickup strat. i want a full size humbucker for the neck and a standard angled strat single coil at the bridge. i will fix the 6 point trem with 5 springs. i will be using "wimpy" strings (for crazy albert king bends), so 9's 9.5's, or 10's. tuned to standard pitch. alder body/maple neck.
bridge :: not a huge SRV fan, but he nailed a pretty good albert king tone with a strat. i like the sharp treble attack of the strat bridge. SRV got most of his tone from big strings, tuned down, wimpy vintage pickups. since i'll be using light strings i need a pickup that is beefy, but still has bite.
i'm also going for 100% hum canceling, but i need the vintage look. so a hum canceling strat pickup with pole pieces.
i have a strat with a SSL-6. good pickup, but i need more beef. so i'm going to eliminate the STK-S6 as an option. that leaves the STK-S9b, which i'm sure is beefy, but i dont know if it will bite. 500k controls will probably help it in that regard.
neck :: i want the nickel cover. some canidates
pearly gates neck
jazz neck (or jazz bridge)
dmz ej custom
GFS Dream 180
controls :: 1 vol 1 tone. i'm leaning toward 500k for both.
i know i'm not going to nail it 100%, but i would like a kick ass blues machine that puts me "in the ball park". chime in!