I am thinking about finally replacing the pickups in my MIM Strat. The guitar is a 2005, alder body, rosewood fretboard. I'd like to discuss the options. What I want at high volume is:
Bridge: twang - Esquire-like honky, Edward G. Robinson mids, with the ability to get a good "ice-pick" and "lo-fi" sound. I want plenty of mid tones for a bit of fullness, but I don't want them at the expense of the high end.
Middle: crunch - half Taylor-era Keith Richards (think "Midnight Rambler"), and half Malcolm Young (think "It's a Long Way to the Top"). Tonally balanced and somewhat warm, but tight and a little dirty. I want this one to be my main pickup - for hard, chunky rhythm.
Neck: chew - LP-Special-like honky, chewy, buttery-ness. When I am digging in, I want highs to be there, but I don't want them to be piercing or clattery...just to provide some structure for the chewy mids to latch onto, if you know what I mean. (Sorry for the crappy description!)
The possibly difficult parts are that 1) I want to be able to get the thing sounding at least somewhat "chimey" like a classic Strat by backing things off a bit. 2) I do not want to alter the stock appearance of the guitar, so they need to be standard Fender-style single coils. No rails, 1/4 Lbs., Li'l Screamin' Demons, etc.
Here are my thoughts, then I would like to hear yours.
I think a Twang Banger is the obvious answer for the bridge.
In the middle, I am thinking either another Twang Banger, or a Five-Two Custom bridge wind.
In the neck: If Twang Banger in the middle, then Five-Two Custom in the neck. If Five-Two Custom in the middle, then the standard wind of the Five-Two.
What do you think?