I've always liked music and in a continuing quest to fight depression and boredom, I have been studying music theory and I bought a POS Fender Starcaster ($30) and I am trying to create an equivalent or better version of the American made Fender Stratocaster. Vintage doesn't interest me. I am gutting all the hardware and electronics. I love to take things apart and occasionally putting them back together again. Thinking about going with the Red, White and Blue Lace pickups or maybe a double stacked humbucker for the Blue Lace pickup. Wondering about the 5 way switch and a mod to allow play with all pickups simultaneously. And which pots (250k or 500k) should I use for noiseless, low-friction and continuous linear operation. Maybe EVH? Also, I want to replace the tremolo bridge or at least the springs that hold the bridge down. I am replacing the nut with a TUSQ and replacing the string trees with TUSQ as well. I am trying to make up my mind whether to go with Grover locking tuners or Fender locking tuners ... or maybe another brand.