Ok, so I got an unexpected bonus in this paycheck (long story, basically I lost bonus elligibility a few mergers back, but I've kicked enough ass in the last few years that they've been putting me in the bonus pool anyway), and while it's not exactly the sort of bonus that you hear about the Wall Street set getting and all the area Porsche dealers start drooling in anticipation, it's enough to finance a little bit of gear whoring.
My initial thought was to go put together a Warmoth partscaster with it, but after sleeping on it a few days I decided I'd be better off being responsible and getting my finances back in order (and maybe go whoring with my tax return, except I'm rolling over an old IRA into a Roth, so I think that'll be small, too) instead. That said, this being Metalguitarist.org and us being the gearwhores we are, I've decided I can't be completely responsible with it.
So, I wanna grab a new set of pickups for my Strat. Here's what I'm thinking, and what the dilimmas are.
1.) Go for the Andy Timmons set, two Dimarzio Cruisers in the neck and middle, and an AT1 in the bridge. His tone fucking rules, he seems to dial in amps about the same way I do, so I'm not worried about getting good singlecoil sounds out of the neck and middle. The problem, however, is that since switching from my Nomad to my Recto, I've begun to REALLY like the bridge singlecoil for SRV-inspired blues. So, at the very least I'd need to make the bridge tappable, but I'm not sure how it'd stack up even then for that glassy blues tone. Also, I can't seem to find an aftermarket AT1 in white, and I really want to stay with white pickups.
2.) Go with either a Lindy Fralin Blues Special slightly overwound set, or a Wolfetone Flashback set (also probably a little overwound). Pros - this would be about as good as "singlecoil" tone gets. Cons - for the first time in literally a decade, I'll have to contend with 60-cycle hum, so at the very least I'd need to completely reshield my guitar, start doing things like record with the monitor off, etc.
3.) Sell my strat to Chris. Pros - he'll finally shut up about me selling it to him. Cons - he won't shut up about owning it. I mean, it's not really an option, but it's going to come up anyway so I might as well pre-empt it.
Singlecoil guys - is there anything else I should be looking at?
EDIT - also, I'm thinking of just doing a full pickguard swap (this is actually sort of an argument for the AT set, since I think that's what I'll want when I do put a Warmoth together), and going with a black pearl guard in place of the white, as so:
1) Call DiMarzio, ask them about the bridge-tapping.
2) Call Wolfe, ask him about how much hum is there.
3) There is a disturbance in the Force, and I'm sure Chris felt it