#1
I am new to this whole process, and I am wondering where do you start?

I have found a stratocaster body which I quite like, and would like to go from there. I assume all there is to worry about is the neck, bridge, and electronics?

I plan to buy all of this online, I'm just wondering, how much will high end pick-ups and a high end stratocaster neck cost? What other things is it important to make a priority budget wise? And anything else I need to know really..

I know a few guys who can help out with the process if need be, but is there much that can go wrong? Any majors which I need to watch out for?

I have read the stickies by the way, I'm just a little lost as to where to start with all this. Any help is appreciated.
#2
Well, a decent neck, decent hardware (bridge, tuners etc) are all required. If you cheap out on one thing, you're going to regret it in the long run, so you're going to need to spend more now to save money in the future replacing junk later.

A good set of pickups can range anywhere from $100-$400 or even more, depending on the type/brand of the pickups.

A decent neck - I'd just get an original fender neck (if you can afford it) - probably the best quality necks you can get for a strat.

The bridge, again, genuine parts are always the best. Whether you're going for a licensed Floyd Rose or a genuine fender strat bridge, genuine is the best.

As I said above, the more you spend, the more you'll get out of it and save in the long run.
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#3
Yeah, I am planning on going all out with this guitar. I am prepared to spend about $1000 US (this is my rough conversion (I live in NZ). I am planning on going for a strat bridge, I can't stand Floyd Rose.

Where can I find original Fender necks and how much would I be looking at paying? (USD I suppose, because everyone can convert to it easily) I'm thinking top of the line, or maybe a little bit less. My budget is possibly flexible though.
#4
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Where can I find original Fender necks and how much would I be looking at paying? (USD I suppose, because everyone can convert to it easily) I'm thinking top of the line, or maybe a little bit less. My budget is possibly flexible though.

Ebay. Price depends on the condition of the neck. Good condition necks can be anywhere from $200-400 and sometimes more (AU so NZ$ would be a bit more I think)
Mighty Mite and Allparts make decent replacement necks for a bit cheaper.
#5
You could even look to see how much they are on the Fender site, but I would guarantee that they'd be pretty expensive (but you'd probably get some sort of warranty/customer support on them).
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#6
Fender seem pretty reluctant, you have to bring in a Fender guitar with a damaged neck and it sounds like they inspect it pretty thoroughly.

Is there any other alternatives, such as companies which specialise in making necks or something? I am a bit reluctant in buying a second hand neck.
#7
Look on eBay, see what you can find. That's all I can really think about.

I know there are a few companies that make necks which are decent quality, but I honestly wouldn't have a clue what the names of those companies are.

Maybe try google?
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#8
Yeah, I've been looking through a few different websites, I'm just not sure which ones will be the best. =\
#9
Post the links to the websites here - if somebody has had a positive or negative experience with one of the websites, that'll give you a general indication of where you should or shouldn't go.
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#12
I've heard that warmoth makes some decent quality necks, but are a bit pricey.

Plus, a shipping cost for a neck would be a bit steep (not to much the weight, just the shape of it).
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