Re: strat bridge pickup talk
well, I can't speak to slaying the VS or the TZ, ...but I went to the store this evening and they didn't have either. I wanted to try "something", so I did. They had a Fast Track 2 and I looked it up on the net from the store and the EQ of the pup is pretty close to the TZ and VS so I took a chance on it. WOW! I gotta say that this had made the biggest difference in any pup switch I've ever done! I'm astonished at the change.
My tone is almost exactly where I want it to be. I don't know what your impression of the Fast Track 2 is, but I'm slayed by IT, lol. I'm also using a Peavey Classic 30 and I'm sure it depends on which amp you use, but based on Dimarzio's description of the pup I'd say it blends with my amp style perfectly. If you think there's a big difference in the VS and the FT2, let me know. Right now I'm uber impressed.
The only thing I'm not happy with is the HS-2 that I moved to the middle position to eliminate the crappy stock single coil and get rid of the hum. The 2 position on the switch is way to treble sounding because of it! However, full on middle position with only HS-2 sounds quite good. But, looks like I'll be after a middle pup to go with the YJM and FT2 now.