Hello, I bought a Squier Standard Stratocaster HSS a few years ago and I really like the feel of this guitar/neck but I want to improve its sound by installing new pickups and a new hardtail bridge as it has some damage and I want to get rid of the tremolo. My AMP is a Fender Roc Pro btw.

I did a search on the internet and I'm thinking of installing the Lace Sensor Gold S-S-D set. My two favorite guitar players are Eric Clapton and Adrian Smith, now can these Lace Sensor Gold pickups achieve a raw rock tone (in order to play some Iron Maiden)? They don't need to achieve a real distorted metal sound.

If you got other suggestions of pickups then please say so...