I'm a newbie to this forum and whilst I have good engineering/diy skills, I’m lacking the technical knowledge of the workings of the legendary Strat! So, I’ll do my best to search the forum for answers to questions I have but please forgive me if I end up repeating something that has been discussed to death in the past. I’ve been playing (ok perhaps owning) guitars for almost forty years and have recently decided to try my skills at rebuilding/customising budget electric guitars not for profit but just as an interesting hobby (my previous hobby of rebuilding 1970’s Japanese motorcycles certainly didn’t produce a profit). Apart from a small collection of Squier and Mex built Strats waiting for rebuild, I have have a rather beaten up 1999 American Standard in metallic purple (#793) which I believe is relatively rare. Thanks for allowing me on board and for reading my drivelling intro!