Hi, I just joined up. I've loved Strats since my teenage years, when I used to doodle them endlessly in class instead of taking notes. I first discovered the different headstock shapes when I realized that my drawings matched only some of the actual guitars. My first Strat was also my first eBay purchase in the late '90s (I still can't believe I did that). It was a red Foto-Flame MIJ (or maybe MIK?) '50s model. It had its quirks, like a neck that had been shaped asymmetrically, but I loved it just the same. (I used to tell people that it wasn't so much a nice guitar as a photocopy of a nice guitar. ;-) ) My next was a pawn-shop find, a 2002 Highway One in Sapphire Blue with a C-shaped rosewood neck. No, I don't mean the C contour - I mean the entire neck was shaped like the letter "C". The sellers said they weren't about to try to straighten it, but if I wanted to try, it was mine for something like $150. I grabbed it and ever so carefully and slowly cranked the truss rod for around five or six turns, as I recall, the whole time being sure that it would snap with the next crank - but it held, and played like a charm. I put an LSR roller nut and Hipshot Tremsetter on it, as well as some locking tuners, and it was good to go. Since then I've replaced the neck with a maple one from an American Deluxe of some kind (based on the foil logo and abalone position markers), which had been routed for the LSR nut, luckily, and I also replaced the trem block with one made from cold-rolled steel with a Delrin insert, which I got from someone in the UK who made them (maybe it was Wales?). I've lost track of who he was, but the block seems very similar to the ones that Callaham makes. I'm expecting a set of Fender Hot Noiseless pickups to arrive tomorrow, which I ordered mainly because I'm tired of playing gigs in weird places with lots of electrical interference that forces me either to stand facing in an awkward direction or put up with helicopter noises out of my amp. I know some people don't care for the tone of the Noiseless pickups, but until I can limit my playing to noise-free environments, I'll take them. I'm hoping the next step will be to replace the bridge plate with one from a later Highway One model, which will allow me to go to the narrower string spacing but still fit the current screw spacing. If I can find one, I'm thinking of swapping the saddles with Graphtech string savers as well. That's it for now. Maybe later I'll post pics or tell you the story of my '72 double-cutaway Tele, which I bought from a friend in '79 for $110, if there's any interest.