One thing you may want to try is turning your guitar volume up all the way or at least almost all the way, you might find what your looking for right under your nose.
Allot of the time the sound that we're looking for is 50/50 guitar and amp, e.g. tube amp vs. solid state sound.
However, if you have your guitar amp situation zipped tight, then you do have options and you have been given some solid advise so far.
The only other thing I would seriously suggest is doing a nice sheilding job for your new friend, there are aa few different opinions as to what works best I would say have and experienced guitar repair person do it for you and if he has the black carbon paint or the foils that would be what you can do to keep noise and tone stealing signals from your axe. The point is to get the guitar to be grouded, like to the ground, through the guitar through the amp through the wall to the building ground.
By the way check these pups out if you like blues and classic rock;
http://www.acmeguitarworks.com/Strat_Pi ... ips_W1.cfm