First of all, I am fully aware that doing a parts-caster build is a no win endeavor both financially and on re-salability! But I have a large guitar collection (some very nice pieces and brands) and I find myself wanting to build a "personalized" guitar both for fun and just to see if I can build a unique and fine guitar that is nice and so I can say I did it! Practicality of the project is secondary at my age...the challenge is more of the attraction. So, I plan to use a Strat as my basis of choice, and start with a used bare body (preferably painted) and neck, and add all of the other parts as I go....in other words, create the plan as I go. What I would like is to hear some lessons learned on doing this and advice on what body (US, MIM, SQUIRE) and neck to start with. There are a lot of selections on ebay and reverb, but I'm leaning toward building a "White Knight" assembly. Any advice about bridges, tuners, specific woods to avoid, etc. will be appreciated. I know that most will say "don't do it", but I just want to try the challenge while I'm still capable!