#1
I have a 2007 MIA Deluxe Stratocaster (SSS), and I really love it, but I can't get a good distorted tone out of it. So my question is simple, does anyone have a good suggestions for a PUP, their are so many that it's hard to know where to look. If it helps to know the kind of sounds I'm interested in, I like a lot of Tony Iommi, Dave Murray, Jimmy Paige, Slash and Jimi Hendrix.


The strat also has the S-1 switching system on it, so I don't know if that will affect options for PUPs.
#2
Hmm, that is strange that you can not get a good distorted tone, I have a Mexican Standard Fat strat, and I get a perfectly heavy, crunchy metal tone from the bridge pickup. Are you using a good amp?

I am not too good with pickups, I know seymour duncans are pretty awesome. The S-1 switching system wont really affect what pickups you can use as it just switches between which pickups are being used.
#3
You pretty much won't get those sounds without at least one humbucker. I've never tried a dual rail single coil thingy, though - they might get the job done.
#4
Have a look at lace sensors especially the blue and red ones as there much hotter then the gold ones
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#5
Yeah, you could put hotter pick-ups in, but you could also get a good distortion pedal (there are way too many to suggest, but try them out and find one that suits you). Another option is active pickups. I have a Strat with EMG-SAs and the bridge gets a pretty wide open distortion through my amps gain channel. You can turn the gain up pretty high, do a tiny bit of EQ tweaking, and still sound thick (contrary to what Strat haters think). But, I love the sound of the neck pickup with a medium amount of gain. Solos are creamy and thick, and chords are chunky when I set it up that way.
#6
i had the exact same problem with my stratocaster.


Get a Dimarzio Super Distortion S (single coil sized humbucker) in the bridge and leave the neck and middle stock..

sounds AWESOME with distortion.. hot but really clear