Hello, I'm in the process of planning an SSS Stratocaster with a Warmoth Mary Kaye body and a Fender neck (not ordered yet, so I can still change to SSH if recommended). I've still got some time to go before I start ordering everything but I'm pretty overwhelmed with the massive amount of pickup choices and companies. I've read countless threads and reviews across multiple sites but it's all getting mixed up in my head. Hopefully with the following I can get a direction to look to: My favorite guitarists/tones and what I enjoy playing: David Gilmour - Late 70's/Animals and 90's/Division Bell (Marooned from Division Bell is probably my favorite guitar tone and instrumental ever); (I absolutely love both the intro solo and mid/ending solos of Coming back to Life as well) Eric Johnson - both his clean and lead tones are incredible to me Mateus Asato Steely Dan/Chicago and the tight jazzy-rock lead guitar sounds of the late 70's and 80's, such as the solo's on Kid Charlemagne and Night by Night (these were likely played on a Gibson with humbuckers though) Nothing of high extreme gain or distortion My Gear: Amp - Vox AC15, Fender Vibrolux; both mids-scooped amps. This is where the majority of my confusion comes from. The tones I like such as David Gilmour and Eric Johnson are often through mids-heavy amps, such as Gilmour's frequent use of Hiwatt. This leads me to believe I should be looking for pickups that are a bit more mids-heavy? Relevant Pedals - TS8 for a mids-boost, Vertex Steel String also for mids-boost and saturation, 10-band EQ, CostaLab Moon Drive for muff tones (Similar to a Rat mixed with Germanium Fuzz; used for smooth lead tones), BK Butler Tube Driver (both Gilmour and EJ use the same model), Wampler Euphoria, modulation/delay and reverb. I have pedals to compensate for the lack of mids in my amps, and I love smooth overdrive leads and clean rhythms. The Moon Drive muff and Tube Driver both perform much better when having mids. Hopefully this isn't too long of a post and can help guide me in the right direction. I'm hoping to stay around the $200 range, but I can spend up to $250 if its worth it. I haven't ordered the body yet, so the SSS setup isn't locked in or anything yet. Should I consider more in an SSH with a humbucker in the bridge? Thanks!