I played in rock bands in high school in the early 80s and only recently got back into playing. I'm happy to own an Ibanez Artist AR325QA electric guitar and a nice cutaway Takamine acoustic-electric. I'm not complaining! These are nice guitars that I'm blessed to own. However, I've always wanted to own a Strat. I had a '76 Gibson Firebird and a Les Paul copy when I played in high school. The had their strengths. The Firebird had a nice, warm tone, and you could really get some great feedback when overdriven. However, one practice, I swapped guitars with our other guitar player. He had a Strat that had been custom-built for him out of Mighty-Mite parts. It's fretboard was easy to play like butter, and the intonation was perfect. The guitar was also perfectly balanced. My Firebird was always top-heavy. The Firebird was one of Gibson's weirder guitars, but that's another story. So fast forward to today. My first thought was to have someone do a Mighty-Mite Strat build for me, but I'm told that MM is no longer the leader in Strat parts and now Warmoth is. So I went through their web site virtual-building possible Strats. Turns out, if I sank quite a big pile of money into the project, we're talking thousands, I could get a high-quality instrument that is unique and is exactly what I want ... and has terrible resale value. So I can sink something like 4K to go to the max and have a great guitar that's what I want, if I end up keeping it for life. Turns out, I could get a way more affordable Mexican-made Strat. I've been checking out videos of them, and their tone sounds really nice. I want an easy-to-play fretboard and neck and quality tone. I haven't decided if I want a splitable humbucker in the bridge or a more classic single coil. My Ibanez already has a splitable humbucker in the bridge (and in the neck). So I can get that rich, midrangy humbucker sound if I want. When I split the humbucker, it sounds like an Ibanez that's brighter. It doesn't really sound like a Strat. But that's okay. It's not a Strat. So I'll have to figure out what direction I want to go in for the bridge pickup. But here's an alternate idea I had. I could get myself the best quality Mexican-made Strat I can find, and then buy only a Warmoth body for it. I love their use of unique woods with extraordinarily beautiful finishes. It would give me a unique and very beautiful Strat without sinking as much money into it as a from-scratch build. It would also preserve a good resale value. If I ever decided to sell, I could also put it back together with all original parts and then sell that. I could sell the Warmoth body separately. I want a Strat that's unique and high quality, and easy to play. Maybe this approach will get me there. I'm interested to hear from people who went with a splittable humbucker in the bridge. Does it do a good job of giving you that full mid-rangy, Gibsony tone if you want it? Then when you split down to single coil, do you get the brighter, twangy classic strat sound? I need to figure out what to do. I can get that Gibsony tone from my Ibanez. It's a question of whether I want to go for greater versatility or stick to the classic strat design and sound.