#2
Routing for pickups is like if you have it to be HSS or SSS or HSH or HHH or whatever. Routing for the rear, i think, only matters if you wnat a trem in the guitar. And the normal sidejack is topmounted.
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#3
rear-routing means that the holes and such for the wiring will be done at the back of the guitar. its more expensive, but you don't need a pickgaurd this way.
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#4
Quote by oreodunk
And what is the normal sidejack for a strat ( http://www.warmoth.com/guitar/options/options_sidejack.cfm )

Thanks!

Strats normally have the jack on the face of the body (by the tone and volume knobs) while a sidejack would be on the body's edge .... as in the strap would also be on the edge/side instead of the body's front.
#6
There's not really a best. How do you want it to look? What pickups do you want?
#7
Just read on the warmoth website, the explanations there are sufficient (besides maybe the jack positioning).
#8
It's pretty much personal preference. Do you want a strat with a pickguard on the front with all the wiring behind that. Or would you prefer, like i'm building, a strat where all the wiring is in a cavity behind the guitar.

As well as aesthetics, it's also a matter of ease to get to problem areas etc. E.g if you wanted to replace part of the electronics with a pickguard on. You would have to take the strings off, and then un-screw and change the part. Whereas with rear routing, you can conveniently change stuff buy un-screwing the cavity covers.

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#9
The Strat pickguard assembly was originally a nod to mass production - without strings, its great since everything except for the output jack is on this piece of plastic that's just dropped on and screwed in place. Obviously, there's an aesthetic component to it as well but its pretty much a matter of choice. There's no better or worse choice.

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#10
Quote by ririzarry
Obviously, there's an aesthetic component to it as well but its pretty much a matter of choice. There's no better or worse choice.

Well, it influences tone according to some (pickguard vs. wood mounting).