Entering my third decade of guitar abusing and finally decided to make something of my own..... So I picked up a HSS bullet strat from MF almost a year ago brand new. Black with maple fretboard and all black hardware. To my surprise the fretwork was good and neck was straight so I moved on to the setup. Did my tweaking and set it up to my liking. Only change this far is a shielded pick guard from amazon for $11. Am going to upgrade the tuners and have not decided yet but am torn between planet waves trim lock and hipshot grip locks. I need ideas on pickups. I prefer new and am leaning towards GFS brand but am curious if its really going to make a sonic difference to justify the cost. The stock piclups work and are okay but I want better than okay sounding. Am planning on keeping the HSS format as I like versatility and it works for me. What say the experts? And thanks for reading.