Just to reiterate, Jack has it right.
The strings that are higher up the length of the peg head require a string tree or shorter tuning posts to pull the strings tight over the nut. Always wind those strings from the top of the post toward the bottom.
Thanks for the follow-up. I recently realised, after years of playing Strats almost exclusively, that I haven't used the bridge pickup by iteself in probably a decade. I'm thinking about a humbucker in my next build that splits the coils in position 4.
Anyway. It's cool to hear you still like...
Get to know a used shop owner well. Tell him you tell all your friends how great him and his shop is. Buy and wear the t-shirts he's got with his shop name on it and let him see you wearing it when you stop by. And finally, do it all for real.
Be his friend, it will work out to your benefit...
That looks pretty good. I'm glad you decided to keep it. By the looks of it, the Coke did a good job. I got a tune-o-matic that needs de-rusted. I'll pick up a can of Coke for that.
Tip: Cola is also good for dissolving corrosion on car batteries.
^ Agreed. More specifically, likely a slight truss rod adjustment and maybe a small action adjustment as well. Intonation is probably still okay.
But, you probably wouldn't notice much of a difference if you left it alone.
Will they bend your neck? That's what strings do. And higher gauge...