I'm an old guy (50's) who has ZERO real guitar experience and would like to request some advice if I may. Short version of the story is I have wanted to learn to play for years but life or finances always seemed to get in the way. Now I find myself in a position where I can pull the trigger on a good setup to start learning without too much drama. I've watched vid's online for years about opinions on how to get started, different gear, what to buy what not to buy, etc. which just seems to make me more confused and cross-eyed the more I watch and read. So to try to keep this from becoming a blog, I will tell you what I'm thinking of getting. First, I'm Left handed so that does limit my used options, except maybe for amps, wink. Style wise if I had to pick only one it would be Gilmour, but I like Slayer and Canned Heat as well so my taste are really all over the map. I can pull the trigger on a mod shop strat now without TOO much pain in the wallet, but I'm far from wealthy and don't want to piss my cash stash away just to do it, I'm not trying to impress anyone else, my idea is this setup is for me to keep and enjoy myself. With what I've heard over the years starting with better quality equipment "could" help me with with my learning curve, and also keep interested in learning instead of getting frustrated and it turning into a dusty coat rack. My rule of thumb for tools has always been buy the best proven quality you can afford, and take care of it. I started looking at used strat's in the $300 range and like a lot of peeps ended up in the mod shop. Anyway here's what I came up with, -Alder body in Olympic White. I would have preferred a pearl white but it isn't an option, is Olympic really white or "yellowy"? hard to tell online. -American Pro solid rosewood neck I have some experience working with woods over the years and a lot of reviews for the solid RW say it feels really silky, plus I like the look. -V-Mod pickups SSS This was a bit of a guess, no idea if hss would be better for my only guitar which is what I'm thinking of this as at this point. -Tortoise shell Pick guard I thought it compliments the rosewood neck nice, but do the fender pick guards really look like the somewhat translucent Tortoise shell, or is it just a "painted smear look"? anyway cheap enough to change it. -White Plastics -Modern locking tuners it's only a $50 upgrade and they are $60 on Amazon on their own. -American Pro strat trem The block trem is same price, and I dont know the difference. So what do you think? Am I over thinking it? I know I can't buy experience or talent, I just dont want to have buy's remorse in 5 years if it turns out my talent is just limited to noodling around with it, but i also don't want to drop $1k to save a buck and in a year find out I dont really like it for looks or whatever. Thank you in advance!