Just picked up my Strat from Mouradian's. wired up with two Dimarzio Virtual Vintage Heavy Blues in place of the Cruisers:
Better pics when I have natural light to work with.
Initial impressions - I think this set is going to work better for me. For one, they balance MUCH better with a bridge humbucker - the AT-1 is almost as close as they are. They're also quite a bit darker than the Cruisers, the neck in particular, though they still get that glassy Strat attack when you dig in hard. They also sound way more organic, especially clean (where the Cruisers were much weaker). I've been trying to find the right way to describe it, and the best I can do is they're very linear - they respond about how you'd expect as you dig in, a harder attack gives an almost exactly proportional change in timbre. They feel very comfortable to play, so far. I've done a little recording with them as well, nothing good enough to share here, and and I think they're going to sound pretty good in a mix, too.
Also, strangely, through a light-to-mediumly distorted amp, they sound really righ played with a light touch. Name notwithstanding, I didn't expect them to be a great blues pickup when I put them in, due to their high output - I might have been wrong.
Anyway, I'll withold final judgement for another week ortwo, but so far they're at least a step in the right direction.
Cool. Those Virtual Vintage pickups all seem to be really dynamic, more than you'd expect from humcancelling singles. I know I was very surprised by the Virtual Solos, which still sound pretty stratty, even with the huge mids and output.
PS: Ugly Pickguard Is Still Ugly.