I'm tired of CL ads, trying to find the right Strat, and live in an area where the nearest dealer with any selection of new is a few hours away. I'm a developer and builder, and a master level woodworker with a shop full of metal working and wood working tools. I was looking at a MIM at a local pawn shop this morning that was pretty nice. It's a 1990 and probably has one of the American made bodies they shipped south back then. A lot of wear and dings and it just didn't talk to me. I've played guitar since the early 70's and recently got back into it after a long hiatus. I sold my last Strat in the mid 80's. I'm a blues and classic rock home player and I want a Strat badly. I think I'm going to start with a Saylor one piece alder body. I'm not a big whammy bar kind of guy, so I may even go hardtail, though I know they aren't as popular, this one is just for me. Maybe a Muskicraft neck, not sure on pups yet. Maybe Fat 50's or Seymour Duncan's. If I'm going to spend the time to build the thing I want to make sure I use good components. I'm sure I will be back here asking some questions. I've built a lot of things, including estates and wineries that have ended up in magazines, but I've never built a guitar. I've swapped pups, rewired, etc., but this will be my first build. I have to say I'm really excited about it.