I have a Strat with EMG SA's and a Boss GE-7, when dialed in it properly it makes a great humbucker sound that I'm impressed with. Amp is a Mesa Rectifier with various dirt and fuzz. I wish to tune it down to C#, but want to keep relatively strong tension, I don't want floppy, slanky strings. I know I may need a neck adjustment and some re-intonating too. I've been looking at the Ernie Ball Beefy Slinkys, I believe they are 11/52. Would this be a good place to start? I've been looking at a Digitech Drop, that would be a shortcut route. But for the money, just changing string gauge and a little fiddling sounds cheaper.