It sounds like you've got a pretty good set-up. If you're talking about getting a sound similar to like "The Zoo" or "Rock You..." then I think it would be better to use the Explorer than the strat. Strats don't seem to get as chunky of sound, though I may be prejudiced since I love Explorers and most Gibsons. Also, I've heard that Matthias keeps his tone knobs on similar settings. However, I like to cut the mids and boost both the bass and treble. I think there are probably many ways to get a Scorps-like sound. One more thing, I think you ought to get a talk box and wah pedal- they're very fun and then you can play songs like "The Zoo" then.