So I've got a Fender American HH Stratocaster, with the usual Alder Body, Maple Neck, and Rosewood fretboard. It came equipped with these Fender branded "Sidewinder" and "Black Cobra" humbuckers, which sounds OK. I'm thinking of picking up a new set of pickups and obviously the options are vast and a wee bit confusing. What I do know is I think I would like the bridge pickup to be passive with a medium/high output but with a warmer tone. Research points me towards AlnicoV pickups for a warmer tone.
Anyone have any recommendations? Would a ceramic magnet pickup still work for giving me the output I want or would that most likely make the guitar a bit more shrill?