I have a US Standard Stratocaster with stock pickups. I would like to get a hotter sound, but maintain that classic Strat sound, and I'm thinking about going in the SRV direction. I'm pretty sure that his pickups were hand wound, but I'm assuming that by now someone came up with a SRV style pickup that's pretty close.
I know that his pickups were just one element of his sound, but I'm mainly interested in his pickups for this discussion. For example, I know he used 12 or 13 gauge strings, but he also tuned down to an Eb. And he used Marshalls for at least part of his career, which will make a much hotter sound.