What's the main difference between the dual blade pups and the standard strat pups? Fatter tone?
Dual-blade pups act like a "humbucker" except it has the attitutde of a single-coil. Tone-wise? that's subjective... Benefits? depending on the model, a "louder" and/or "Fatter" than a single coil tone with no noise. I have an FS-1 for my 760's neck and its good for what it is, and much better than the C2 in the neck position.
Ibanez's wiring diagram doesn't show the green wire Dimarzio's does, the green wire's mainly for people who happen to want to install the pup upside-down and make sure they get the coil that's closest to the middle pup on in the coil-split position, correct? So as long as I install both pups correctly I shouldn't need worry about messing with that wire other than to solder it to the volume pot?
first question: further elaborate - stock Ibanez pickups or Ibanez's stocked with DiMarzio's??? As long they're "properly" soldered, pickup-orientation becomes personal preference.
2nd question: as long the DiMarzio green and bare are soldered together to the volume pot, red connected as hot(+) and black as cold (-), it's wired in series.
I have to admit this is going to be my first adventure in soldering electronics, any tips?
15w-30w soldering iron, 60/40 rosin core solder, and maybe a solder sucker as well. Preheat iron for 5-10 minutes. While that's happening, pre-cut the new p/u wire sleeves before the fun begins. Apply/melt a little bit of solder on the bare wires. This is optional but you can apply a tiny bit of solder on the iron's tip. It usually takes a couple seconds for the solder to melt. Once that's done, follow wiring diagram, desolder old p/u's, and solder new p/u's away at switch's contact points. Also, make sure you don't use too much solder (it just looks sloppy) and watch your fingers and/or arm from touching a hot soldering iron
If you need practice, find an unused computer cable or a pos instrument cable.