Re: Strat Pickup?
The problem with Single sized Humbuckers is they sound neither like single coils - twangy and clear with lots of attack - or humbuckers - full, rich and hot.
My best suggestion is either to get a stacked single coil that a bit warmer, DiMarzio Area 61, 67 or Injector for example, or get a new pickupguard and put a proper humbucker in the bridge.
If you're going to use the humbucker with your cleans, you want something relatively low powered, however if you're just going to be changing between the HB and singles on a distortion channel, you can get away with a bigger volume difference due to the compression and characteristics of single coils.
I similarly grew up on the metal, and kinda grew out of it a couple of years ago. I can't believe I've never owned a proper strat. It's an essential! Enjoy it bud :-)