Well it's wonderful to be part of a forum where people love Stratocaster guitars. I own a few and this one is my prized possession. I thought I'd introduce my 1998 Fender American Standard Strat I've had for over 20 years now. As of late I've had the idea of decorating my guitar with rhinestones after a trip to the dollar store. I think now my Strat has all the country tone it can muster. I've also done other things to this fine instrument. I've soaked the pick up covers, control knobs, switch tip, & whammy bar tip all in a big mug of black coffee for a couple of days. The results turned out great and I love the coffee colour look. The extra caffeine adds to the tone of the guitar. Then I stained the lovely rosewood fret board with ebony wood stain. I've did this a few times for a good soaking. Then I sealed the FB with a few coats of raw linseed oil. The results turned out wonderful for an ebonized rosewood look. I've always liked the dark rosewood boards on the old 50's Stratocasters that you see in some photos. I got another idea from a guitar D.I.Y. website a few years back on how to enhance the sound of your single-coil pick ups. From automotive sheet metal I've cut some rectangle shapes to cover the bottom side of the pick up...enough to cover all six pole piece slugs. I used dabs of silicone to hold them in place for all three pups. The Seymour Duncan 'Twang Banger' pick ups use the same principle but with a copper base-plate. The idea is to direct the magnetic force of the magnets more upwards towards the strings for a brighter tone with more presence. I love the results and this mod can be easily reversible if desired. The last mod was installing a neck pick up ON switch...right by the 5-way selector switch. This gives me 2 extra positions or tones that include having the bridge and neck pick ups on only and out-of-phase. And lastly having all 3 pick ups on at once. I really love the sounds I get and my guitar feels complete. There is nothing like a good Stratocaster guitar to shine & cheer up the day.