Hey, guys. I've been reading things here for years. But never posted anything. I have a lot more to learn than to teach. Anyway, the thing is I've been playing guitar since I'm a teenager. I always loved the strat and the tones I heard from it on the records. But I have never been able to buy one. I had for a few months a MIJ Contemporary from the 80's, which I loved, but things got hard and I had to sell it after a few months. Later I wanted to start a partscaster and was all set to start buying the things, part by part. From the list, I only was able to buy the pickups, a Lollar Blakface set, but never was able to resume the project and kept the set in the box for 10+ years. Now things are a little better, but not that that much. At this point, I think I can start buying one part per month so I can have the strat I've been dreaming for decades now. The thing is, I've been looking for a good plataform to mod. The pickups are already with me, and I plan to buy everything else. But about the body and/or neck, I'm in doubt. I have a great luthier "near" where I live (Portugal). I could buy a Squier CV 60's, used if possible, or a neck (fender mim or allparts). Unfortunatelly, the full guitars are over my budget (even MIJ and MIM). I'll have it painted, installed and setup. What would you guys do? Thanks for reading and sharing your experience with me.