hey guys, been playing a few strats lately at guitar center and im really intrigued (or maybe confused) on all the different pickup arrangements. My budget would probably be less than 800 new and im looking for a HSS. I really liked the sound of the texas specials for the 2 single coils but was wondering more about humbucker choices/replacements? Played an American special series the other day and loved the bluesy grit to it but it seemed to lack a little bit when i pushed the gain through more. Now i know im not gonna a heavy metal sound coming from this axe but im looking to have almost an eddie van halenish (first example that came to mind?) tone when I crank some gain through it. Any suggestions...how are the stock atomic or pearly gates compared to others? thanks
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