I am new here and I’m combing through the forums now, but figured I’d have some specific questions that might be worth its own thread. So, this is definitely in the upgrade/advice thread. I’ll try to be clear and any advice is welcome! First - I have a Squier Standard Strat (Cherry Sunburst) I picked up used. First guitar, and I love the feel. The guitar was setup well when I got it, low action, intonated, and holds its tuning quite well. I’m an advanced beginner guitarist, have mainly focused on my guitar playing for a few years and now just starting to look at the technical side and kind of want to play around a bit and learn more. I have a Fender Mustang GT amp and love the modeling features as its helping to teach me a lot about pedals and amps I’d like to get in the future. I have a PRS Angelus acoustic and would like to add some more electrics at some point down the line. Specifically, I’d like to pick up a Les Paul style, an HSS Strat and probably an MIA Strat (SSS) just because. I’ve played some $1000+ guitars and liked them, but I will say, I like the feel of my Squier and would like to keep it around anyway as my “first” as I think it’s a solid guitar. However, I would like to upgrade it and learn more about everything involved in it so when I get to the MIA Strat I can make better decisions and upgrades. I won’t be selling this guitar off, so not too worried about resale but rather using this as a place to play and learn. Some concerns I’d like addressed - pickups just seem meh - would like something richer. Tone/volume controls seem to make big jumps rather than letting me dial in. Longer sustains would also be nice but that might be more the amp side of things. As for tone/style of play - I love the clean tones of the Strat. Mayer, Gilmour, SRV are some influences and styles - blues, pop type sounds, and the blues jr amp is a fun one I’ve gotten to play with. Any upgrades to this guitar I’d like in that realm but I also would like to keep this guitar fairly versatile. So my thoughts are I’d like to kind of get an idea of where to start and what’s worth it. Any suggestions are welcomed as for what I maybe should look at and where/what to buy. I’m making a list top down with my thoughts, but let me know if I’m off any where. Tuners The guitar holds its tuning well overall. Would like to maybe upgrade to some locking tuners or just something better, and I don’t mind reaming out or drilling new holes if needed, but I don’t see a huge benefit right now since I’m not having tuning problems. Low priority right now (but maybe an easy upgrade anyway). Any suggestions? Nut Again, maybe an easy upgrade so I might go for it but not sure how much improvement I’ll see. Would dropping in a new bone nut be worth it? Frets May get a file to catch a few rough edges, but frets are in good shape and not popping. My initial setup was good so I think we are safe here. Pickups This is one place I’m interested in playing a bit. I definitely want to stay with all single coil, but open to ideas of what might be worth wiring in here. Thought about Tex Mex, but curious about other ideas and thoughts and some Seymour Duncans. Switch I’ve heard the Squier Strats don’t have the best switches, and if I’m already under the hood ... I don’t mind changing it up. Pots One area of complaint I do have on the guitar ... I don’t feel like the tone and volume controls let me dial in as much as I want. As I bleed off the volume I hear little change, a little change, and then a bigger jump towards nothing. It’s like I have 8-10 and then jump to like 1-4 with not much in the middle. I’d definitely like to upgrade here. Also, I’ve heard some rewiring ideas about connecting the second tone to the bridge pickup and I could see the value there and open to ideas. Output Jack No issues here but willing to entertain ideas if I’m not thinking of something. Saddle and Tremolo Tuning and intonation are good, but open to ideas if an upgrade makes sense for other reasons. I’ll be honest, I need more education here. I don’t use a whammy bar and haven’t had issues with anything from the saddle to the block, so I haven’t really invested too much time here. Might help with increased sustain, so what should I look for? I think that about covers it but if I’m missing anything, feel free to ask! Thanks for any advice or assistance! Oh - and I will doing the work myself so unless there is something that someone believes only a luthier should do, let me know.