#1
I have had my Standard Strat for about a year now and I still really like the feel of it, but want to make it sound better to go along with my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. Is there a good pickup upgrade that anybody can reccomend? I play mostly blues and rock, but sometimes I like to play more heavy stuff like Metallica. I dont know much about pickups but would active pickups be something I should look into? Right now, there are just 3 single coil pickups installed in my strat. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
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#2
If you want to play a lot of Metallica, maybe put a humbucker in the bridge position.
#3
It would probably be best just to get a new guitar for the sound your wanting :\
#4
^ A Strat with a humbucker would be able to play metal. If he was predominantly playing metal, I'd recommend switching the amp, not the guitar.
#5
Well active single coils are rather blah unless you're willing to go all-out and put in a set of David Gilmour EMGs, which would be amazing, but costs like $250.

Fender Texas Specials are also amazing single coils that can do just about anything, but again we're talking $200+ for the upgrade.

I'm not sure what you're budget is but GFS pickups are spectacular; not to mention inexpensive (don't confused that with 'cheap'. The prices may be low but the quality is barely a tini step down from Seymour Duncans, which are pretty much the passive pickup benchmark).

Bridge: Lil' Killer Humbucker Rail - Note: These come in three output levels: 6k "vintage", 10k "modern", and 15k "lead". I'd go with either of the former, the 15k will kill the single coils I'm going to recommend for the other positions.
Mid: Reverse wound Alnico Strat Pickup
Neck: DiMarzio Class of 55

Those three should get along reasonably well... It's not the cheapest way to go but it'll probably serve you best.
#6
Sad to say but the biggest problem here is the amp, it's great...but it ain't a metal amp by any stretch of the imagination.
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#7
Good pick ups would be Lindy Fralin Blues Specials.
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