#1
Hey everyone, just got a good deal on a MIM Strat and I'm hoping to mod it and turn it into my workhorse. I know there have been plenty of threads on the subject, but I figure I will get more accurate feedback if it is based around my existing gear. Basically what I have now is a black strat with a white pickguard and a rosewood fretboard. I would like to use this guitar for overdriven blues, up to metal. I use a Crate V18 212 amp, and plan on modding it to take out the bass and "boom". I plan on picking up a metal based distortion pedal and a 10 band EQ as well.

I will be replacing the pickguard obviously. I would like to get a HSH thing going, but my strat only has cavities for a HSS set up. So I will probably pick up a HSS pickguard. I will also need to get a good metal humbucker for the bridge and 2 single coil pickups that could handle blues pretty well. I looked into installing a floyd rose, but that is just way over my head.

Can anyone out there give me some advice? Pickup suggestions? Design ideas? Any comments are greatly appreciated.
#2
Seymour Duncan Invader.

or instead of getting a new pickguard get a seymor duncan hot rails pickup. or a jb jr.
Where the hell did slide guitar go!?!
#5
Design suggestions...

If it was me I'd stick to white single coil and a white open coil humbucker in a Strat I think. You could stick a tortoiseshell pickguard on the thing too - those have a nice 60s vibe with a black finish and white hardware.

If I was doing an overhaul, I'd look at totally upgrading the electronics, nut and saddles too. Especially those last two if I used the trem much.
#6
im not big on trem use, but I will definitely change out the nut and saddles. I don't have much experience with electronics though, how much would it run me to have them redone by a pro?
#7
Not sure, but Strat's are quite easy to wire as guitars go. I would think and whole new parts would only run to about £20 for good pots, caps etc ($30 ish) not including the switch which can cost quite a lot if you go for the very best... you might want to add a 7 position switch and have some phasing or something too.