I have a 96 Am Strat Std that I have purchased new. I have changed out the orig pups w/SD vintage set (not sure exact model but have the boxes they came in at home) and the SS saddles for graph tech saddles b/c the screws in the orig saddles seized up and became unadjustable. The tone is decent but somewhat anemic, especially the bridge position. The height of the pup is approx a quarter inch off the underside of the strings and more or less the same for the middle and bridge positions but they have a bit more punch than the bridge but not to the point that I'm satisfied w/them. So new pickups I believe would be the starting point of the endeavor but I'll let you guys chime in w/suggestions. As far as the rest of the guitar goes it is in fantastic shape for a nearly 20 y/o guitar. The neck is strait, the frets are good, the nut is good, tuners are good, trem is good, pots and switch are good. However the action is a bit too high for my liking and I have it adjusted to the point where there is no buzzing w/some hard strumming. I also find it to be the hardest guitar to play compared w/my LP so consequently the LP gets all the attention but the Strat comes out every now and then and does sound decent in the neck position and in between positions but the playability isn't there and if I'm going to have it around it needs to be on par w/the LP in terms of playability and tone and its not. I live in Puerto Rico and there are no setup guys locally whom I trust unfortunately so I'm pretty much left to do the setup duties myself which I'm capable of doing and have done up to this point but despite my efforts it not there in terms of tone and playability. I use 10s BTW. Ideally I'd like to get Matt Schofield'ish tones out of it so that's what I'm shooting for. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thx!