I’m going to be doing a bit of strat-rodding and while I’m at it I might as well change the look a bit. You know, change is as good as a holiday. Or a haircut can change the look of your face or something like that.

So here’s the situation: My Strat currently looks a bit like this:

The classic blonde. Thin satin acrylic finish, white pickguard, unbound maple neck, vintage headstock, chrome hardware.

Something that’s been on my wish list for a good couple of years is to do a full upgrade of the electrics of the guitar. New pickups, new pots, new switch, new input jack, proper shielding – the works. Since the electrics are loaded onto the pickguard, I can just get a new one of those too. So here are the options:

Option 1: Keep it the same

Option 2: Tortoise shell pickguard

Option 3: White guard, rosewood board

Option 4: Tortoise shell guard, rosewood fretboard (Minus the gold hardware)

Okay, so options 3 and 4 involve a new neck as well which is probably outside the scope of this particular project but at least you can see what we can work towards. What do you think?

Read part 2 of this post over here.